9ID Honors Fallen Comrades

Published on Thursday, 04 April 2019 06:39



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur—The 9th Infantry (Spear) Division honored its fallen comrades upon arrival at Naga City Airport, Wednesday morning, March 20.

On board a C291 plane of the Philippine Air Force, the remains of Cpl Jojo V. Lim, Cpl Mark Joy C. Belano, Cpl Rocky C. Sasutona and Pvt. Christopher Baylon were received by the officers and enlisted personnel of 9ID with full military honors as a sign of recognition to their heroism and respect to their ultimate sacrifice.

The Bicolano heroes fell in a clash against Daesh-inspired terrorist group led by Owayda Benito Marohombsar alyas “Abu Dar” in Sitio Tagum, Barangay Dinaigan, Tubaran, Lanao del Sur on March 15.

Abu Dar, the elusive leader of ISIS linked Maute Group, was believed to be among the terrorists killed in the said encounter. He was among the Maute leaders recorded on video during the planning session for the attack of Marawi City.

Present during the tribute were Col. Ferozaldo Paul T. Regencia, Assistant Division Commander for Reserve Force Development and the families of the fallen soldiers. Immediately after the ceremony, the remains were brought to St. Martin of Tours Chapel at Camp Elias Angeles for necrological service before they were sent back home to their respective families.

Maj. Gen. Fernando T Trinidad, the Commander of 9ID and JTF Bicolandia expressed his respect and condolences to the bereaved families of the fallen soldiers. He said that their sacrifices bespeak of soldier’s commitment to country and the people.

“As we gaze at the National Flag that flies at half-mast anew, rest assured that the heroism and sacrifices of our soldiers will not be in vain. We will continue to pursue the peace in the country" he added.

The Commander also gave his assurance that appropriate burial honors befitting for heroes will be given to the fallen Spear Warriors.