Aquino pays last respect to slain soldiers in Zambo-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III paid Thursday his last respects and condoled with the families of those soldiers who were killed in the Zamboanga standoff between the government troops and the armed followers on Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
The Chief Executive first visited the wake of 1st Lieutenant John Kristofer Rama, the first officer-casualty of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in clashes with the MNLF, in Norzagaray, Bulacan.
The President, who was accompanied by Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Abad, arrived at Rama's wake at 10:45 a.m.
According to Erlinda, Rama's wife, the President pledged to provide housing and educational assistance for her and her daughter Elisa Irene.
She expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the President's visit and pledge, and said that she felt proud that Aquino chose to honor the memory of her husband with his presence.
After staying some 20 minutes, the President left for Pulilan, Bulacan to visit the wake of 2nd Lt. Florencio Michael Esguerra Meneses and then for Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to visit the wake of 1st Lieutenant Francis Damian. (SDR/Sunnex)