Army to extend aid to kin of soldiers killed in Sulu blast

MANILA The Philippine Army (PA) will extend assistance to the families and loved ones of the three soldiers who were killed in a blast at the tactical command post of the 1st Brigade Combat Team in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu on Friday.

Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, Army spokesperson, identified the slain troopers as Cpl. Richard P. Macabadbad, and Pfcs. Dominique C. Inte and Recarte D. Alban Jr.

"Their families are set to receive benefits, such as the Command Special Financial Assistance from the headquarters (of the) Philippine Army and burial assistance of PHP80,000," he said in a statement Friday.

The families of the slain soldiers will also receive benefits provided by the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program from the Office of the President's Social Civic Projects Fund, such as special financial assistance amounting to PHP500,000; educational assistance to two dependents each who are not enjoying scholarships and enrolled in public schools or state universities and colleges; and shelter assistance from the National Housing Authority.

"We commiserate with the families of our personnel who gave up their lives in the service of the people of Sulu. Their courageous act beyond the call of duty prevented further possible casualties and destruction of government property. For these heroes, the Philippine Army will ensure that all benefits entitled to them will be extended to the loved ones they have left behind," Zagala said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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