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Solons to extend help to Sulu crash victims



Following the tragic crash of a C-130 military plane in Patikul, Sulu, Davao City First District Representative Paolo Duterte and ACT-CIS Representative and Benguet Caretaker Congressman Eric Yap are set extend assistance to the families of soldiers and civilians who died along with those who were injured.

The lawmakers pledged to donate at least P5 million as an immediate financial assistance to the grieving families amid the tragic incident.

“Last Sunday, we lost some of our troops and civilians in a plane crash in Patikul, Sulu. To us, they are heroes and we salute them for their sacrifices. But to their families, they are everything. From the people of Davao City, we would like to extend our condolences to the bereaved families and loved ones of those who died in the incident. We are one with you in prayers and I pray that you shall be blessed with solace and strength to endure the days ahead,” Duterte said.

Yap, meantime, extended his sympathy to the families of the fatalities and those who were injured.

“It’s unfortunate that this incident happened, as these soldiers have nothing in their minds but to serve the country and its people,” said Yap.

The donation will be turned over in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday and is expected to be received by ranking officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The assistance is then expected to be distributed among the families of the deceased and injured troops and civilians.

Aside from Duterte and Yap, part of the donations came from the business sector of Davao City and Benguet.

“We honor the lives of our State defenders that we lost in this tragedy. No amount of money can compensate the sacrifice they have done but I hope that this can somehow help them for their immediate needs. I am confident that the National Government will provide whatever support that the victims and their families may need, and to ensure that no similar incident will occur in the future,” said Duterte.