Basilan hero needs help

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Incapacitated in an ambush, the soldier who once helped neutralize Abu Sayyaf leader, Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, in 1998, deemed a hero in the Philippine military, is now seeking help for his medical treatment.

Pain from a gunshot wound is now making it difficult for Master Sgt. Jose Juanillo Tubil to sleep.

Tubil, who lives in Isabela, Basilan, has reached out to Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, for assistance to come to Manila to seek treatment.

Egco said he has forwarded Tubil’s request to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for proper action.

In a story titled “An Almost Forgotten Story of Heroism,” narrated by Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc and posted on Facebook by Josephine Jaron Codilla, it was said that Tubil, then a Scout Ranger, who guided them in two operations in February and December 1998 against Janjalani and his men, including the one that eventually resulted in the terror leader’s death.

“Janjalani died in the same house where we confiscated high-caliber rifles. He and his men were killed by Ranger Tubil and at least 10 other CAFGU (Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit) from Barangay Ulami sometime in December 1998,” the post read.

“Tubil reinforced the beleaguered members of the Philippine National Police led by PCI Romo who tried to arrest the ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) leader but was met with overwhelming fires, killing the police officer and some of his men.”

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