Arroyo visits Marines’ wake at Bonifacio
MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited on Thursday the wake of five Marine soldiers who were killed in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan province over the weekend.
Arroyo was accompanied by Military Chief General Alexander Yano, Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez, and Marine Commandant Major General Ben Dolorfino at the Bonifacio Naval Station gym in Fort Bonifacio where the bodies lay in state.
She also met briefly with the relatives of the late Sergeant Wilfredo Abugan, Sergeant Roque Alejo, Corporal Daniel Discaya, Private First Class Rodulfo Budino, and Private Julius Deleña.
The President assured the families that they would receive the appropriate benefits and that the children of the slain soldiers would be given scholarships.
Yano said the families were given P250,000 each from the President’s social fund.
“We have to take care of those left behind, especially the families,” Yano told reporters.
“That’s part of our profession. From time to time, we suffer casualties,” Dolorfino said.
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