Many netizens could not help by cry after seeing President Rodrigo Duterte grieving and crying at the wake of the soldiers killed by a landmine set up by the New People’s Army (NPA).
The photo was taken at Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City while the president was viewing the corpse of Corporal Michael Yadao. It was clear in the photo that the president felt the pain of the fallen soldier as well as his family who now had to deal with his loss.
The president also the visited body of Private Virnel Damondon. He spoke with the soldiers’ family and was seen giving envelops to them, most likely filled with financial assistance for the grieving family.
Both soldiers who belong to the 3rd infantry batallion died while pursuing a group of NPAs at Barangay Tawantawan, Calinan District, Davao City on noontime of Thursday, February 17 said Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of Joint Task Force Haribon (JTF Haribon), Major Ezra Balagtey.
According to Balagtey, the NPAs previously harassed a military detachment at another village that morning before burning a pineapple harvesting facility owned by Del Monte in Tawantawan.
But the NPAs had set up landmines along their escape path, leading to the ***** of Yadao and Damondon. The landmine also injured seventeen soldiers while one rebel died.
JTF Haribon commander Brig. General Gilbert I. Gapay said, “We will see to it that the deaths (of our soldiers) will not be in vain. Their ultimate sacrifice will further motivate us to work for peace in this part of the country.”
Here is part of the video taken during the president’s visit to the soldiers’ joint wake:
President Rody Duterte visits the killed-in-action (KIA) soldiers at the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Gymnasium in Panacan, Davao City on February 17, 2017.
The slain soldiers were Cpl. Michael D. Yadao and Pvt. Virnel M. Damondon of the 3rd Infantry Battalion. #PartnerForChange
Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Friday, February 17, 2017