By Philippine News Agency
ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) on Friday accorded full military honors to a fallen soldier who sacrificed his life to help defeat the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the province of Sulu.
Accorded full military honors was Corporal Nemesis Salviejo of the Army’s 6th Special Forces Battalion, who was slain in a firefight against 30 ASG bandits in Barangay Igasan, Patikul, Sulu on Thursday.
Three other soldiers were wounded in the encounter — Sgt. Allan Bambino Caday, Sgt. Wilfredo Flores, and Pfc Ronan Dave Mapa.
“Corporal Salviejo fought hard and paid the ultimate sacrifice for his countrymen. His courage and gallantry will spur our will to fight and defeat the enemy,” Westmincom chief, Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, said.
Salviejo’s remains were sent to the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City via a military aircraft that departed this city at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.
“Ground troops are hunting down the militants and are penetrating enemy lair, as we speak,” dela Vega added.
Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said four ASG bandits were killed while five others were wounded as troops pursued the fleeing bandits.