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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 11)

Once, we lived in harmony with our Moslem neighbors in the village of Southern Philippines Development Authority or SPDA, formerly known as Dinaig, at Datu Odin Sinsuat Municipality. We felt secured in that village since we have had several Moslem … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 10)

The flight seemed to take forever. We looked so restless inside the Philippine Air Force’s refurbished Lockheed C-130H Hercules. We never talked much during the flight. We all looked like praying our asses off inside the plane. Most of us … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 9)

On the last night of our preparation, I couldn’t sleep. I felt a lot of trepidation. It was 2100H. We needed to take a nap since we had to move out as early as 0100H the next day. Everybody seemed … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 8)

As usual, I wore my black panther. I brought my toiletries, towel and M16 rifle. The trail was slippery so I used my combat boots. It’s a narrow trail. I ran towards the direction of the firing range. The bathing … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 7)

We went back to our tent city. It was already 0600H. Miraculously, the sun smiled down on us. We ate our morning mess. Everybody was so excited. We could go outside camp and see normal people again. We love the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 6)

The last day of preparation finally came. It’s already 0500H. There was an early morning drizzle. The tent city was a muddy mess. For the past months, we had to wear our combat boots every time we go outside of … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 5)

“Are we prepared to fight the ABUs? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What’s the terrain of Jolo looks like? What’s their firepower?” these were the questions reverberated inside my head. For several months, we anticipated to fight the NPAs. … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 4)

The firer shouted, “Clear the back blast area!”  Suddenly, there was a loud whooshing sound. I observed silently 20 meters away from the firer. Whoosh! The sound of the bazooka roared like thunder. Wham! The blast echoed around the firing … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 3)

There was a shadow reaching for me. I couldn’t move my body. I was screaming. The shadow was getting closer. My hands and legs were tied up. It’s creeping slowly. I’ve seen its eyes, it was red as hell. I … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 2)

Jolo, Sulu – This place is the most feared field assignment of any Filipino soldier. The Abu Sayyaf bandits are well-known for being ruthless. They decapitate the heads of their enemies. They want to create terror. They want to be … Continue reading

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