PLGU Extends Aid for Families of Misamisnon Soldiers Killed in C-130 Crash

CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL – The provincial government of Misamis Oriental in partnership with the 58th Infantry Dimalulupig Battalion extended assistance to the families of two Misamisnon soldiers killed in a C-130 crash in Patikul, Sulu, during the province’s virtual flag raising, on Monday, July 12, 2021.

Last July 4, 2021, a horrific C-130 plane crash claimed the lives of 52 people, 49 of them were military personnel and two of whom were Misamisnon soldiers. They were all expected to assist the battalions in Sulu, battling Abu Sayyaf and terrorism in general.

Hon. Yevgeny Vincente Emano, Provincial Governor of Misamis Oriental, handed over P50,000 monetary assistance to Mrs. Razel Maestro and Mrs. Emabel Dapanas with their families during the virtual hoisting of the national flag at the Provincial Capitol.

They are the bereaved family of PFC Carlo Dapanas of Manticao, MisOr, and Sgt. Butch D. Maestro of Balingoan, both of whom were part in the country’s sad aircraft catastrophe. Sgt Butch Maestro has left behind 2 twin sons and a teenage daughter, while PFC Carlo Dapanas has left behind his one-year-old kid.

The turn-over of financial assistance to the families, was undoubtedly a very emotional occasion for all, after the soldiers’ spouses could barely speak when giving a message; but they were very grateful for the province’s unwavering help and support throughout this difficult period of their lives.

“No amount of money will make up for the sadness and pain you’re going through right now, but I’m hoping that this financial assistance from the province will help to ease your worries and be used for other small expenses or to get you started.” In his speech, Governor Emano said.

“Before the catastrophe that led to their deaths, these two great soldiers both did their job and served their country and their family admirably,” stated Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB. They made the greatest sacrifice for their country, securing long-term peace and putting an end to the insurgency; and they will never be forgotten, as we will always remember them in our hearts. We continue to pray for the families and relatives, as well as Razel and Emabel and the rest of the group, to be able to get through this difficult time. We will continue to do everything possible to help you and give you with all of the resources you need. Rest confident that the government is on your side during these trying times.”

Governor Bambi also pledged other assistance and to grant scholarships to the children of the two soldiers.

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