REMAINS OF SOLDIER KILLED IN SULU CLASH ARRIVE IN ISABELA
CAUAYAN CITY — The flag-draped coffin of an Army corporal who was killed in a gunbattle in Patikul, Sulu arrived via C-130 plane on Sunday morning at the Tactical Operations Group in San Fermin village here.
Maj. Jefferson Somera, Army’s 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, identified the slain soldier as Cpl. Herald Thomas Marayag.
“Corporal Marayag is a hero as he helped served the country by risking his life in our pursuit for peace,” Somera told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview.
The slain soldier’s relatives, who are grieving on his death, had asked for swift justice.
Marayag, a native of San Agustin town in Isabela, together with his team, reinforced the Alpha Company of the 21st Infantry Battalion in a security patrol in Barangay Bungkaong, Patikul, Sulu when they chanced upon at least 20 fully armed Abu Sayaf rebels led by Almujer Yada on Friday.
Marayag was hit on his head and died instantly when both sides engaged in an hour-long gunfight.