Singer and army reservist Ronnie Liang paid his last respects to the soldiers killed by police officers in Jolo, Sulu.
“When they told me about the killing of 4 soldiers, sobra akong nalungkot. Very heartbreaking. They were just doing their job and purpose, tapos biglang ganun na lang ang nangyari. I pray for their souls. I pray for their families. They were our heroes,” he said in a statement quoted by ABS-CBN News.
Ronnie praised them for dying while in the service of the country.
“We will never forget their names: Army Major Marvin Indammog, Army Captain Irwin Managuelod, Army Sergeant Jaime Velasco, and Army Corporal Abdal Asula… They were good, dedicated men in uniform.”
In tribute, Ronnie recorded the '80s song “Awit Kawal."
“'Awit Kawal' is so touching. Kung sakaling nakakalimutan na ng mundo ang mga mabubuting nagagawa ng army, this song will remind us all na Philippine Army is doing great job. Handang lumaban sa kahit anong laban.
“As army reservist, 2nd Lieutenant, kaisa ako sa panawagan na mabigyan ng hustisya ang apat na soldiers na pinatay ng Sulu cops. We should be helping and lifting each other.”