4 young Lieutenants die in Zambo siege PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 September 2013 13:10

The series of firefights since the start of the Zamboanga standoff on Sept. 9, 2013 has claimed the lives of three young military and one police officers aside from 11 other soldiers and PNP men.

The first young officer to go down when gunbattle broke out in Sta. Barbara on Sept. 9 was Insp. Jay Oy-oyan of the PNP. He was hit by sniper fire.

The 1st Lt. John Christopher Rama of the Army’s Light Reaction Team was also killed by sniper fire during clearing operations on Thursday last week, on his wife’s birthday.

Army 2nd Lt. Florencio Mikael Meneses of the 7th Scout Ranger Company died of gunshot wounds sustained during clearing operations in Sta. Catalina on Monday.

Army 1st. Lt. Francis Damian of the 3rd Light Reaction Company succumbed to wounds Tuesday morning.

A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class 2007, the 28-year-old Damian was wounded in an encounter with rebels in St. Barbara on Monday.

Armed Forces chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday visited the 17 wounded soldiers in the hospital.

One military officer, 1st. Lt. Carl Liwanag of the Second Light Reaction Company, vowed to return to the field after recovering from a wound in the thigh.

“Nalulungkot po kami, pero gusto namin tapusin ang laban,” he said.