“The sacrifices of our Marines as an individual, and their gallantry as a fighting unit will never be forgotten.” – Colonel Edward A Arevalo PN (M) Cheif, Public Affairs Office AFP SCREEN GRAB FROM CIVIL RELATIONS SERVICES AFP
By PNA / UPDATE.PH
Families and loved ones of Marine troopers who were killed while trying to clear Marawi City of the remaining Maute Group terrorists are set to receive PHP700,000 worth of benefits. This was disclosed by Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message to the PNA Tuesday when asked what benefits the survivors of the 13 fallen Marine troops will be getting from the military organization. These include benefits from the PN Assistance System, free burial services from the St. Peter Life Plan, Marines Assistance and Special Financial Assistance. These will total PHP700,000 per family, Lincuna added. “Total of around PHP700,000 will be immediately received,” he stressed. As of this posting, there are 58 government troops confirmed death and around 120 wounded in the fighting which is now entering its fourth week. The conflict started when government forces tried to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS ’emir’ in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon, last May 23. Thirteen of the recent losses were Marine troopers who were killed in a major engagement which lasted for some 14 hours, erupted between Marine units and Maute Group terrorists at Barangay Lilot Madaya in Marawi City Friday. Fighting started 3:30 a.m. and ended 5 p.m. of June 9. Around 40 were also reported wounded.