FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army recognizes the heroism of the eight soldiers who died during the series of bombings in Jolo, Sulu yesterday, August 24, 2020.
Staff Sgt. Louie T. Cuarteros, Staff Sgt. Manuelito M. Oria, Pvt. Omair Muksan, Pvt. Juvienjay T. Emlani, Pvt. John Ray E. Paler, Pvt. Aiub S. Sahid, Pvt. James A Apolinario from the 21st Infantry Battalion and Pvt. John P. Agustin from 35th Infantry Battalion were killed after two consecutive bombing attacks in Barangay Walled City. Their remains were sent to their respective provinces to be given funeral honors.
The Philippine Army will provide burial assistance, command financial assistance and special financial assistance. The families are entitled to receive Capital (Special Financial Assistance) from the President’s Socio-Civic Projects Fund. Additionally, other government offices have allocated funds for health, education, and shelter assistance among others.
“The Philippine Army grieves over the death of these men. We honor their sacrifice in serving our country and protecting the people of Jolo, Sulu,” said Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana. “To the bereaved families of our troops, we extend our deepest condolences. Rest assured that the Army is here to help you and is ready to extend the necessary assistance,” he added.