FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig -- Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday, June 12, paid last respects to a Kapampangan member of the Philippine Marines, who was killed during the gunfight between government forces and members of the Maute group in Marawi City.
The governor along with husband Rodolfo and Police Chief Inspector Michael Masangkay visited the wake of First Leiutenant John Frederick Savellano.
Governor Pineda personally conveyed her condolences and extended financial assistance to the bereaved family of Savellano.
The lieutenant’s mother, Mercy Sagmit Savellano, expressed her gratitude to everyone who has expressed support to their family.
“My family would like to thank everyone for supporting us not only through the various assistance extended to us but also to the emotional assistance that they are giving,” said Mercy, whose family is from Minalin, Pampanga.
Mercy said she is proud of what his son did for the country.
“I would prefer that you congratulate me for having a son, who gave up his life for his country and his people,” Mercy said.
Savellano, 29, led the team that recovered more than P70 million in cash and checks from the Maute lair in Barangay Mapandi in Marawi City.
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The remains of Savellano are currently at the memorial chapel of the Marines Headquarters.
Mercy said they plan to move her son's remains to St. Peter Memorial Chapel in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 14. Interment will be on Saturday, June 17.
Since the clash in Marawi City started on May 23, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said 202 terrorists and 58 soldiers and policemen were killed.
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But despite the number, there are still about 150 to 200 remaining members of the Maute Group, who are engaging in a firefight with the armed forces, said Lieutenant Colonel Joar Herrera, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division. (PR)