MANILA — In line with the country’s observance of National Heroes Day, the Philippine Army (PA) on Sunday handed over PHP68 million in checks to the families and loved ones of 68 troopers who died in the ongoing efforts to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of Maute Group.
The turnover ceremony took place at Ricarte Hall, PA Officers Club, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Enrico Gil Ileto said.
Families and loved ones of the fallen troops were given PHP1 million check each.
The money was initially donated by an anonymous donor to the Armed Forces of the Philippines who then forwarded it to the PA, Ileto added.
The number of beneficiaries of this unnamed philanthropist has now climbed to 76.
Family members of the remaining Army fatalities will be given the same assistance once their documents and other requirements are processed.
“The Philippine Army is grateful for the support extended to the families of our fallen soldiers. This will surely serve as an inspiration to our troops still fighting in Marawi City,” Ileto added.
As of this posting, a total of 130 troops, from the various armed services, have been reported killed in the ongoing Marawi crisis. (PNA)