Date: 07 July 2021
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday positively identified 19 of the 49 military personnel who died in the ill-fated C130 plane crash three days ago in Sulu.
Identified were Major Emmanuel Makalintal, Major Michael Vincent Benolerao, First Lieutenant Joseph Hintay, Technical Sergeant Mark Anthony Agana, Technical Sergeant Donald Badoy, Staff Sergeant Jan Neil Macapaz, Staff Sergeant Michael Bulalaque, and Sergeant Jack Navarro from the Philippine Air Force.
Also named were Captain Higello Emeterio from the AFP Medical Corps and First Lieutenant Sheena Alexandria Tato from the AFP Nurse Corps.
From the Philippine Army, identified were Sergeant Butch Maestro, Private First Class Christopher Rollon, Private First Class Felixzalday Provido, Privates Raymar Carmona, Vic Monera, Mark Nash Lumanta, Jomar Gabas, Marcelino Alquisar, and Mel Mark Angana.
The AFP has already transported 11 of the remains to their hometowns. These are of Captain Emeterio, Sgt Maestro, Tsg Agana, PFC Rollon, PFC Provido, Pvt Gabas, Pvt Alquisar, Pvt Lumanta, Pvt Angana, Pvt Carmona, and Pvt Monera. The remains of 1Lt Tato are now being transported via C295 aircraft while seven of the identified cadavers are being prepared for air and land transport.
The AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana said that efforts are still focused on the identification of 30 more cadavers still in Zamboanga City, and the ongoing investigation of the plane crash. He also corrected the previous report of 50 total fatalities citing that there had been a double count. As of July 7, the total casualties are still at 49.
“This is a very hard task since the cadavers were beyond recognition but we have experts supporting our efforts. We are doing our best to expedite the identification and the ongoing investigation without compromising its credibility,” said General Sobejana.
He asked for the people’s understanding as investigating teams are yet to gather more pieces of evidence to find out the circumstances of the unfortunate incident.
“Our people can be assured of the AFP’s transparency however the investigation process takes time. All factors are being considered in our deliberate efforts to ensure the accuracy of the findings,” General Sobejana said.( Public Affairs Office, AFP)