The Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed two resolutions honoring and commending the heroism and bravery of Cpl. Jomar A. Niňalga, 29, of Monamon Norte, Bauko and 2nd Lt. Ralf Amante C. Abibico, 24, of Monamon Sur, Bauko who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.
In two separate occasions, provincial officials headed by Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. and Vice Governor Francis O. Tauli, together with Mountain Province Police Provincial Office Director Homer M. Penicilla, personally presented the resolution to the respective families of the fallen heroes last April 29.
They also turned-over cash assistance of Php 10,000 and two sacks of rice to each of the bereaved families of the two soldiers.
Niňalga was among the casualties during a clash between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in Sitio Lubong, Patikul, Sulu last April 17. He was part of the 21st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army(PA).
In a statement from the AFP– Western Mindanao Command, the soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice in a fierce gunfight while ensuring the safety and security of the community against the Abu Sayaff Group.
Meanwhile, Lt. Abibico was killed during an encounter between the 94th IB, PA and elements of the New People’s Army in Carabalan, Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental on April 19 while Abibico's group was on security patrol in connection with the distribution of financial assistance from the national government for families affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19.
One of his platoon member narrated that Abibico’s bravery and presence of mind prevented more casualties on their part during the gunfight against the rebels.
“He ordered us to hold our ground until the enemy retreated; unfortunately, he was shot while trying to find the direction of enemy troops who are located on the high grounds,” he relayed.
Abibico is an alumnus of the Philippine Military Academy. (ESB-Mtn. Province PGO)
By Mtn. Province PGO