LEGAZPI CITY: Army Corporal Jose Mario Moron, 31, a member of Philippine Army’s Light Reaction Company elite force, has returned home.
But his homecoming was not a happy one. The father of a one-year old boy arrived in a sealed casket aboard a Philippine Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft over the weekend here.
His body was met by his grieving wife Stiffany and other members of the family, including soldiers led by Army General Raul Farnacio, commander general of the Army’s 901st Infantry Brigade (IB), and Air Force Major Arvin Alexander Buan, deputy commander of Tactical Operations Group 5-Philippine Air Force Bicol.
Moron, a native of Ilawod Camalig town in Albay, died in a military encounter in the war-torn region of Patikul, Min–danao along with other government troops.
He and seven soldiers, including an officer, were killed while fighting suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu. Thirteen others were wounded in the encounter.
Army Gen. Raul Farnacio, commanding general of the Army’s 901st IB, said Moron was a member of the Philippine Army’s elite force Light Reaction Company under the Light Reaction Regiment based in Patikul, Sulu.
Florentino Moron, the 66-year-old father of the fallen soldier, said his son served the Philippine Army for 11 years and his last visit in Albay was on May 24, 2014 during his son’s first birthday.
“It might be difficult for us to accept the truth that he’s gone forever but we will cherish his memory. He dedicated his life to our country,” the grieving father said.
Moron will be buried on Friday in Camalig town and will be given a 21-gun salute by his brothers-in-arms.