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Slain Ilonggo soldiers buried on Independence Day


By Tara Yap

 Iloilo City — One of the 11 soldiers killed during an airstrike in Marawi City was buried in his hometown of Calinog, Iloilo yesterday, Independence Day.

 Hundreds of friends and family members of Private First Class Anthony Calugas Capulot attended the Monday burial.

The 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) gave full military honors to Capulot, who was assigned with the army’s 15thInfantry Battalion. He was killed by an airstrike of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

The night before Capulot’s funeral, Major General Jon Aying, 3ID commander, presented a posthumous award for Anthony.

Aying was accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Gayas, assistant chief of 3ID’s Staff for Personnel and Lieutenant Colonel Vener Morga, commander of the army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion (82IB).

Aside from Capulot, another Ilonggo soldier was killed fighting the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

Sergeant Simeon Ilisan Plares Jr. of the Philippine Marines was killed last June 9.  Plares, who hailed from Pototan town, was in a team that searched house-to-house for members of the terrorist group.

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