Private First Class Allan Benbinuto is part of the 15th Scout Ranger Company, Scout Ranger Battalion deployed in Marawi City. He is one of the many survivors; however, his eyes were damage while battling against ISIS which caused him to lose his sight temporarily.
A bullet from an ISIS sniper attacked his troops and shrapnel went inside his eyes that caused him to temporarily lose his sight.
“Tinanong ko siya kung gusto pa niya bumalik sa giyera at ang matapang niyang sagot ay ‘siyempre, sir. Bahala na ang Diyos. Alam ko naman na di ako pababayaan sir.’Yan ang attitude at faith ng isang Scout Ranger,” Scout Ranger Books wrote. (I asked him if he wants to go back to battle and he bravely answered “Of course, sir. I leave everything to God. I know he won’t leave my side,” that’s the attitude and faith of a Scout Ranger)
He recovered after several weeks. As soon as he regained his eyesight, he immediately returned back to his post.
According to Scout Ranger Books, this is not his first time being in a life-and-death situation as a soldier. He was shot on his thigh while being deployed in Basilan and at his hand when he was in Sulu.
PFC Benbinuto has a 6-year-old daughter, Alliyah who wants to follow the footsteps of her father. According to Scout Ranger Books, her father was surprised when she said that she would like to volunteer in Marawi.
Clueless, she received three Wounded Personnel Medals for her father which she thought were academic medals. Little did she know that these were awarded to her father for his bravery and courage to fight for the country’s freedom.