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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 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 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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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 1)

It was raining so hard that day. My hands were getting shaky. I hated my Jungle Pack! I felt that it was ripping my back. My legs were burning, trembling as if crying to me and begging for rest. I … Continue reading

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