Friday, October 1, 2010

Slain Soldier in Camsur is the Latest War Hero in Bicol

BICOLANDIA HEROES. Senior military officials led by Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division (left) and Major General Romulo Supapo, Vice-Commander of the Philippine Army, led the wreath-laying ceremony for the fallen soldiers of the 9th Infantry Division during its 6th Founding Anniversary held today, October 1, 2010. (Photo by Harold M Cabunoc / 9IDPAO)

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES,PILI, Camarines Sur – A soldier who died in an encounter with the NPA bandits early morning today is the latest in the ranks of the Army’s war heroes, a military official said.

Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division which celebrates its 6th Founding Anniversary today, said that Corporal Emmanuel Abin II, 26, single, of Ragay town in Camarines Sur, is the latest soldier who will be given tribute for paying the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the country.

Abin died in an encounter with the NPA bandits in Pinamihagan village, Lagonoy town at 2:00am. He was the only casualty among the patrolling soldiers.

He was with a platoon of soldiers led by 1st Lieutenant Nonie Alcala which figured in an encounter with NPA rebels who were reported to be extorting money from the Chinese firm which operates a copper mine in the area.

Abin was hit in the abdomen during the 5-minute firefight with more or less 10 bandits. Though he was given outright medical attention by a combat medic, he expired while being evacuated to a local hospital some kilometers away from the encounter site.

The soldiers confiscated 1 Cal 5.56mm Rifle during the firefight but they were not able to recover the dead body of the slain communist bandit.

“We have prioritized the immediate evacuation of our dying soldier so we were not able to recover the dead body of the slain rebel. He was lying lifeless in the ground when my soldiers hurriedly left to save the life of Corporal Abin,” said LtCol Ernesto Cruz, the Commander of the 42nd Infantry Battalion based in Tigaon town.

Fourteen soldiers who ‘paid the ultimate sacrifice’ in the service of the country were honored in a simple wreath-laying ceremony at around 9:00am inside the sprawling resort-like military camp.

Included in the list of modern heroes is the late 2nd Lieutenant Michael Logronio, 23, who died while fighting with NPA terrorists who detonated a roadside bomb as his 9-man patrol passed by the newly constructed highway in Bicalen town.

Civilian guests and senior military officials led by Army vice chief Major General Romulo Supapo attended the anniversary ceremonies including the granting of combat medals to the living heroes for their acts of heroism during a fierce firefight with the enemies.

One of the living heroes is 2nd Lieutenant Michael Castro who earned praises for saving four children from crossfire during an encounter with NPA bandits in Lupi town in August 2010.

Castro’s combat action led to the recovery of 4 high-powered firearms and the subsequent discovery of the arms cache with 8 more assorted assault rifles and machineguns.

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