MORONG, Bataan: One of the 44 fallen commandos of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) will no longer be able to see his first child, a baby girl, although he was informed of the baby on Saturday night, the night before they were massacred by Moro rebels.
Milet Marin said her niece Rochelle Vizmanos told her husband PO3 John Lloyd “Jeff” Sumbilla, 33, that she was pregnant to a baby girl after knowing the result from an ultrasound test in the morning.
Sumbilla was killed Sunday in Mamasapano, Maguindanao by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Rochelle, an elementary public school teacher in Morong, is five months pregnant. She and Sumbilla entered into a civil marriage on September 1, 2014 and a church marriage on December 23.
“ Sumbilla is kind-hearted, doesn’t talk much and often gives cake when he was still courting my granddaughter,” said 82-year-old Anacleta Vizmanos.
The Sumbilla couple lives with the old woman and Rochelle’s parents in barangay Poblacion in Morong. She said that Sumbilla was from Samar province.
The aunt said Sumbilla was training at the SAF camp in Morong when he met Rochelle.
Morong Mayor Jorge Estanislao said the municipality has prepared a hero’s welcome for Sumbilla and issued this message.
“A warm hero’s welcome to PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla for your bravery and courage. We in Morong will always show our respect to your bravery. We honor you as our town hero. We salute you! To all your family, especially your wife, may our Lord God comfort you during this difficult time.”
The Philippine flag in front of the Morong municipal hall was placed at half-mast. Ernie Esconde