Zambo soldier to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani Print
Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:53

By Liza Jocson

1st Lt. Raymond Abad failed to make it to Zamboanga last Monday to celebrate the birthday he shared with his father, Anecito.

Raymond, together with 12 other Marines, were killed in Marawi city last Friday.  He died three days short of his natal day on June 12.

Despite the hurt, Anecito stayed calm and expressed pride on his son’s sacrifice to defend his country against the terrorists in Marawi.

“Proud na proud,” Anecito said, amid the profound grief of losing his eldest son, who is set to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani this coming Tuesday.

He said that he would have preferred to have his son buried in Zamboanga city but acceded to the wishes of his daughter- in- law for Raymond to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Anecito Abad, Ret. PN (M), was a retired Navy enlisted personnel who was the patriarch of a family of military men.

Raymond and two of his brothers idolized their father and vowed to enter the military in their adulthood.  The three of them are now serving in the Armed Forces.

Raymond however refused to follow the footsteps of his father in the Navy and decided to enter the Marines.

Anecito however was not worried.  He trained his sons from childhood to become good military officers.

Months before Raymond died in the battlefield, he told his father to prepare for their coming birthday.

Anecito said that despite work obligations, He and Raymond always made it a point to celebrate their brithday together.

Their birthday last June 12 was the first and the last that they celebrated apart.  (Liza Jocson)