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Soldier killed in Marawi on final journey home

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Dumaguete City – The remains of the Army officer slain in Marawi City who was from Bais City, Negros Oriental, arrived here Thursday on a Philippine Air Force plane.

2 Lt. MacGlen Abuyabor, 28, was killed by sniper fire Wednesday morning during a clash with members of the Maute group in Marawi.

Abuyabor received full military honors from the Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion and the 2nd Negros Island Geographical Battalion at the Dumaguete-Sibulan airport.

In an interview, Police Officer 1 Jaykel Abuyabor, the younger brother of the slain soldier, said MacGlen visited them just last week in Bais from Lapu-lapu City in Cebu after complying with some requirements for his promotion.

MacGlen had already come from Marawi before working on his promotion but was asked to return, the brother said.

The soldier’s last message to him when they accompanied him to the bus stop was to take care of their parents and not to leave them alone, said PO1 Abuyabor.

His last text message, according to the brother, was to send roses this Saturday to a girl in Dumaguete that 2Lt. Abuyabor appeared to have interest in, he added.

The police officer said he would send the flowers to the girl this Saturday.

According to him, the family first knew on Wednesday through social media that Abuyabor was wounded but later the classmates called him and somebody from G-1 of the Philippine Army also called to confirm that he had died.

Abuyabor was assigned to the Light Ranger Regiment of the SOCOM (Special Operations Command), his brother said.

Initial reports reaching the family said the soldier was shot twice on the right side of his body around 6 a.m. Wednesday, but his body was recovered several hours later because of the presence of terrorist snipers.

Evangeline and Alex, Abuyabor’s parents, said he was too young to die. Evangeline appealed to President Duterte to do all that it takes to end the crisis in Marawi or more soldiers could be killed.

Addressing the Maute group, she said they were ruthless in killing his son.

Abuyabor was in the Army for three years and had graduated cum laude with a degree in business administration from the Negros Oriental State University in Bais.

The soldier will be buried in about three days, his brother said.

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