LEGAZPI CITY: Fallen soldier Army Corporal Jesichris Nares Reyeg, 33, of Ilaor Norte, Oas Albay was given a hero’s welcome by the composite team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Bicol as his remains landed at Legazpi City Domestic Airport on Thursday at 12:20 p.m.
His body was flown directly from Zamboanga City by a C-130 aircraft and brought at Tactical Operations Group 5-Philippine Air Force where his surviving family waited.
Major Arvin Joel Buan, TOG 5 deputy commander told The Manila Times that Reyeg was a member of the Light Reaction Company, under the Army’s Special Operation’s Command based in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.
“He was undergoing re-training in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija but was sent off to Zamboanga City to augment our government forces following the continuing standoff,” Buan said.
Reyeg enlisted himself in the Army in 2004, after he decided not to continue his undergraduate degree at a maritime school in Legazpi City.
Reyeg’s wife, Jylsie, who is three months pregnant collapsed as she saw the casket of her fallen husband while their three-year-old son looked in innocence at her unconscious mother.
“Had it not been for this Zamboanga siege, my youngest brother Jesi would be still alive,” Juliet, the victim’s elder sister said between sobs.
Juliet pleaded the government to stop all hostilities in Zamboanga City so that no other innocent lives will be lost.
Buan said that a five-minute military honor was accorded by a composite team of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Philippine National Police to the fallen hero of Zamboanga City standoff.
Reyeg’s body was brought at his hometown in Oas, Albay by his brothers-in-arms.