PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The remains of 2nd Lt. Mark Anthony Caabay, who was among the seven soldiers killed when a Philippine Air Force (PAF) UH-1H helicopter crashed in Bukidnon, arrived in his hometown of San Jose, this province, Wednesday.
Arrival honors were held by members of the Philippine Air Force at Tactical Operations Wing West during his arrival aboard military aircraft.
Caabay, co-pilot of Lt. Col. Arnie Arroyo, among the fatalities of the chopper crash, is an Army officer and graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alab Tala Class of 2018.
According to his cousin Irene Lhea Lagrada, they are proud of the achievements of Caabay, also as “Diit” in the family.
“Si Diit, Lt. Caabay, ay ‘yong pinsan na maalalahanin, sobrang bait at matalino. Sobrang proud kami sa kanya dahil naabot niya ang pangarap niya na makapagaral sa PMA at maging isang piloto,” she said.
“Kaya mahirap tanggapin ang nangyari sa kanya pero kailangan namin tanggapin dahil may mas magandang plano si Lord sa kanya,” Lagrada said.