CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday positively identified 19 of the 49 military personnel who died in the ill-fated C-130 plane crash three days ago in Sulu.
Identified were Major Emmanuel Makalintal, Major Michael Vincent Benolerao, First Lieutenant Joseph Hintay, Technical Sergeant Mark Anthony Agana, Technical Sergeant Donald Badoy, Staff Sergeant Jan Neil Macapaz, Staff Sergeant Michael Bulalaque, and Sergeant Jack Navarro from the Philippine Air Force.
Also named were Captain Higello Emeterio from the AFP Medical Corps and First Lieutenant Sheena Alexandria Tato from the AFP Nurse Corps.
From the Philippine Army, identified were Sergeant Butch Maestro, Private First Class Christopher Rollon, Private First Class Felixzalday Provido, Privates Raymar Carmona, Vic Monera, Mark Nash Lumanta, Jomar Gabas, Marcelino Alquisar, and Mel Mark Angana.
The AFP has already transported 11 of the remains to their home towns. These are of Captain Emeterio, Sgt Maestro, Tsg Agana, PFC Rollon, PFC Provido, Pvt Gabas, Pvt Alquisar, Pvt Lumanta, Pvt Angana, Pvt Carmona, and Pvt Monera.
“They shall not have died in vain. They died for our country and it behooves upon us to continue the help,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in paying respect to the victims as he visited them, Monday.|-BNN with reports from the AFP