11 Sulu C-130 crash survivors now at 4ID hospital

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/06:45:31am 07/31/2021


4th Infantry Division officials take the time out to visit the 11 survivors of the ill-fated C-130 aircraft crash as they were transferred to the division’s medical facility in Barangay Patag, Cagayan de Oro on July 26. (Photo courtesy of 4ID)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Eleven survivors of the C-130 mishap in Patikul, Sulu arrived at the Camp Evangelista Station Hospital (CESH), the medical facility of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), in Barangay Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.

Through the Western Mindanao Command (WMC) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the following injured personnel were transported by a Philippine Air Force Fokker aircraft from Zamboanga City to the Lumbia airfield here:

1. Pvt. Alfran Buna, Zone 6, Quibonbon, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental

2. Pvt. Reque Mambabao, Bukidnon

3. Pvt. Renato Tejares, Kipalo, Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte

4. Pvt. Christian Joshua Pacal

5. Pvt. Jeason Mark Balondo, Margosatubig, Zamboanga Dels Sur

6. Pvt. Jonel Lagulay, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur

7. Pvt. Christian Martorillas, Purok Pag-asa, Salawagan, Quezon, Bukidnon

8. Pvt. Olan Acolentava, Lamirande Crest, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro

9. Pvt. Rodiel Morales, Zone 8, Patag, Cagayan de Oro

10. Pvt. Jon Klien Gaid, Poblacion, Gitagum, Misamis Oriental

11. Pfc. Kristopher Bulat-ag, Cagayan de Oro City

Being residents within the 4ID AOR, the injured personnel requested for evacuation to CESH so that their families can easily assist and take care of them while they continue to recuperate from their injuries.

Both Tejares and Pacal emotionally thanked everyone who helped them during that ill-fated incident and on the outpouring support from the AFP, the government and the civilian stakeholders.

Mambabao also said “Dako akong pasalamat sa tanan nitabang namo, sa mga CAFGU og tropa kauban na ang mag sibilyan sa Patikul, sa among pamilya ug sa sa gobyerno nga wala mi pasagdi ug gipakita gyud nila ang saktong nga pag-atiman kanamo.”

Upon their arrival, Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., the 4ID commander, immediately visited the injured personnel at their hospital beds on July 26.

The visit uplifted the morale and strengthened the spirit of each personnel as they vowed to continue performing their mandate to serve the people and secure the land.

Brawner lauded the courage of said personnel and ensured the 4ID’s commitment in helping them to move forward from the tragic event.

“We are ready for whatever assistance that the victims requires so that they will have speedy recovery. Our appeal to everyone is for constant prayers for the survivors’ healing and for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives,” he said.

It can be recalled that the C-130 military aircraft carrying 96 Air Force and Army personnel crashed in Patikul, Sulu on July 4, 2021 resulting in the death of 50 Air Force and Army personnel while 46 Army personnel survived.

The 28 remains (17 Army personnel and 11 Air Force personnel) were already identified while the 21 remains are still being identified.

Last confirmed death was Pvt. Jesfel Mequiabas of Brgy Mat-i, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, who expired at 2:30 a.m. on July 16, 2021 while being treated at the ICU of Ciudad Medical de Zamboanga. He is one of the critically wounded survivors of the C-130 mishap in Patikul, Sulu. (PR)

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