Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has mourned the death of seven military personnel in a helicopter crash in Bukidnon last Saturday.
Andanar cited their courageous service to the nation.
“We are saddened by the helicopter crash involving our Philippine Air Force personnel while resupplying troops to counteract communist rebels in Bukidnon yesterday, Jan. 16, 2021,” Andanar said in a statement Sunday.
“With this, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and loved ones of our fallen heroes,” said Andanar, who serves as Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Northern Mindanao.
Andanar commended the soldiers for their bravery, courage, and patriotism, saying these never wavered until their final hours while serving the country.
“May their love for our country inspire many soldiers and Filipinos to uphold peace among each other to attain development and security while respecting differences. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families in this time of grief,” he said.