Army’s 1ID cites two Zambo siege heroes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:14

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur – As the smoke of the 24-day standoff between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)-Misuari faction subsided, different acts of heroism emerged in defense of Zamboanga City against the MNLF fighters.

But two of the members of the Army’s 1st (Tabak) Infantry Division could no longer tell their stories to their families and friends; they were among those “killed-in-actions” (KIA) during the crisis.

Thirty three of the 192 “wounded-in-actions” (WIA) of the government side also came from the 1ID.

The two fatalities identified as PFC Julmuin J Abdulahid of the Philippine Army’s (PA) 32IB from Indanan, Sulu and Cpl Hakim I Jaafar of the 44IB from Parang, Sulu were former MNLF members who were integrated into the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) following the 1996 peace agreement between the MNLF and the Philippine government.

PFC Abdulahid was the first casualty on the part of the 1ID when the standoff started on September 9, 2013 at Barangay Sta. Barbara, while Cpl Jaafar was killed last Sept. 30 at the same area, two days after the operations were declared manageable by authorities.

1ID commander Brig. Gen. Felicito Virgilio M. Trinidad Jr. expressed his deepest sympathy not only with the bereaved families of the two fallen Tabak troopers saying: “Before, they were among our brothers who took arms against the state, now they are heroes defending our state. They were true to their oath of loyalty to the Philippine Flag. 1ID was very lucky having them, they are warriors and heroes, and they will never be forgotten,” Trinidad said. — 1ID PR/PIA/NBE #levantazamboanga