A Salute to the Heroes of Marawi City Crisis

On May 23, 2017, the ISIS-linked local terrorists, the Maute Group, spread violence in the predominantly Muslim city of Marawi in Lanao del Sur. The Armed Forces of the Philippines dispatched several units and personnel to neutralize the terrorist forces who have set ablaze a local college, a local prison and a number of private properties, and besieged local government offices, a Christian church, and other establishments.
Since the first day of government operations against the Maute Group, ACDI MPC has been closely monitoring the situation in Marawi City and nearby areas. The Head of Visayas-Mindanao Operations Group, Ms. Juliet Saavedra, with the branch personnel from Cagayan de Oro and Pagadian have also initially extended assistance for the 38 casualties from various Infantry Divisions and Special Operations Command of the Philippine Army and local police, of which 36 were wounded-in-action (WIA) and two (2) were killed-in-action (KIA). As of May 30, the list of beneficiaries includes:
KIA:
1. 1LT JOHN CARL C MORALES PA, ACDI MPC Member of Pili Branch
2. Sgt Eric Jason J Coros, ACDI MPC Member of Fort Magsaysay Branch

WIA:

ACDI MPC Members of Pagadian Branch:

1. Sgt Albashir T Bassal
2. Sgt Joel B Briol
3. Sgt Marjan M Muaji
4. Sgt Erlito G Pacana
5. Sgt Christopher T Tamparong
6. Cpl Joey O Bagadiong
7. Cpl Ian Clive L Buenafe
8. Cpl Roldan C Quinones
9. Pfc Edsel B Bendanillo
10. Pfc Allan L Remollo
11. Pfc Mark Erwin D Rule
12. Pfc Joen L Valzado
13. Pvt Juvanie B Bercasio

ACDI MPC Member of EAAB Branch: Sgt Anderson P Sikal

Non-ACDI MPC Members:

1. SSg Randy B Yurong
2. Sgt Joey O Baril
3. Sgt Edgardo G Diaz Jr
4. Sgt Richard M Llagas
5. Sgt Randy N Zamora
6. Cpl Joel L Albeza
7. Cpl Joselito M Años
8. Cpl Ruel C Bajo
9. Cpl Mark Heal C de Guia
10. Cpl Gerry L Elola
11. Cpl Efren E Francisco
12. Cpl Reynante L Guipitacio
13. Cpl Jay L Lanes
14. Cpl Rico L Paragoya
15. Pfc Merdonio P Ayoc Jr
16. Pfc Aserdisan J Sebilo
17. Pfc Mc Roger A Semera
18. Pfc Noven V Trojello
19. Pvt Romie R Aninion
20. Pvt Edwin D Ogao-Ogao
21. Pvt Keemper P Payomo
22. Dale H Tayaban (PNP)

In addition to the above beneficiaries, there are 15 personnel (12 KIA and 3 WIA) from the list of casualties who are yet to be contacted by ACDI MPC’s VISMIN Group to receive the assistance from the Cooperative.
Meanwhile, the team of ACDI-CDO Branch Head, Ms. Melita Heledo-Patarlas, had an opportunity to personally meet MSg Marlon Morales, father of the late 1LT MORALES. MSg Morales at that time was having financial difficulties processing the transport of the fallen hero’s body from St. Peter’s in Iligan City to their hometown in Kabacan, North Cotabato. He shared how the death of 1LT MORALES worsen the family’s grief after recently losing the latter’s older brother, who also served in the military. The team from ACDI-CDO Branch paid their respect to 1LT MORALES, and extended financial and in-kind assistance to MSg Morales.
ACDI MPC condemns the recent atrocities that target innocent lives and threaten the economic development, peace and order across communities. The Cooperative salutes the gallantry and dedication of our security forces, both the military and the police, who have risked their lives to protect lives, restore peace and order, and defend our sovereignty and national interest.