We all know how hard life can be for soldiers in the Philippines. They willingly leave behind their families and risk their lives to serve our country and fight for peace. Sadly, most of us don’t acknowledge the sacrifices they do in order to make our lives more comfortable and peaceful.
A passenger of AirAsia Philippines took to Facebook to share the incredible act of kindness of some passengers to Filipino soldiers bound for Mindanao. In her Facebook post that quickly went viral, a certain Inday Rakel revealed how kindhearted passengers decided to offer their extra baggage allowance to the real heroes of our nation.
Apparently, Rakel was on queue for her flight bound for Davao City when she noticed three humble soldiers checking in their luggages. Because the lads got an excess of baggage weight, they tried to sort their stuff in order to meet the baggage allowance. But no matter how hard they tried, they were still 7kg in excess as their baggage contained heavy combat uniforms.
After having a chat with them, Rakel learned that two of the soldiers were headed to Marawi City, while one of them was on his way to Cotabato.
“After learning where they are bound to, I felt like the need to talk to the Supervisor. I mean, these men are risking their lives for our security, our peace, our freedom… cant they be granted with lil bit of privilege? at least a free 7kgs luggage?” Rakel wrote.
But even before Rakel was able to look for the supervisor, several passengers volunteered to give their extra weight for the three men.
“I was really captivated by the generosity and kindness these passengers shown. It was literally like Filipinos in Bayanihan. And when it was my turn, luckily enough with an extra 2kgs free, the soldier’s shoes filled my rucksack in,” Rakel narrated.
Towards the end of her post, Rakel urged airlines to give extra consideration to Filipino soldiers.
“Cheers to our heroes! Our soldiers! May all our airlines give somehow a lil bit consideration esp. to them who sacrifice for our country.”
Shortly after Rakel’s story went viral, AirAsia Philippines decided to give free baggage allowance of up to 40kgs as well as in-flight meals and snacks to all AFP military personnel on a peace-keeping mission.