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Abra fallen soldier gets hero’s welcome

THE FALLEN. The three government troopers who were killed in an encounter with NPA rebels last February 5 in Quezon Province include San Quintin, Abra native SSgt. Helexor Arian Placido who was given a heroes welcome when his body was brough home last Tuesday. Also killed in action were First Lieutinant Romeo Sabio, Jr. (left) and Cpl. John Paul Palangan (right). Photo from the Philippine Army

The army sergeant who was among the three killed government troopers in an encounter with members of the New People’s Army in Quezon province last February 5 was hailed by his towns mates upon his body’s arrival in San Quintin, Abra.

Staff Sargeant Helexor Arian Placido was hailed as a hero when his body was brought home Tuesday in his hometown of San Quintin of said province.

Placido was one of the three soldiers killed under the 85th Infantry Batallion of 2nd Infantry Division during the encounter with NPA in Hinapay, San Roque Agro in Catanauan, Quezon last Friday.

“He proved his heroism not only because he risked his life but because of his loyalty to duty,” said an unidentified senior officer of the 85th Infantry Batallion, referring to Placido.

“Thank you for your service, may God Bless You!” said netizen Marina Tagatac, an Abra native.

Another Abra resident and netizen Nelia Cabudol Dagan said: “May your sould rest in heaven SSgt. Placido! You are a true hero!”

Amador Garcia Sr., another Abra resident said on Facebook: “Sacrificing his own life for others to live… salute to a brave son of San Quintin, Abra.”

“We are saddened by the loss of our troops but we salute their bravery and heroism,” said Brig. Gen. Norwyn Romeo Tolentino, 201st IB commander, in a statement.

The encounter, the military said, claimed the life of Ronnel Batarlo, alias Ka Marwin, an alleged NPA leader in the province.

The military lost one junior officer, First Lieutenant Romeo Sabio, Jr. as well as Cpl. John Paul Palangan.

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