Duterte on Sulu plane crash: Filipinos will always remember soldiers’ devotion to duty

Published July 7, 2021, 1:33 AM

by Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has offered sympathies following the tragic military plane crash in Sulu that left more than 50 people dead.

President Rodrigo Dutete lays the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kalasag medal on top of the coffin of a soldier who died in the C130 plane mishap, during his visit at the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City on July 5, 2021. (Malacañang)

The President mentioned the incident at the start of his taped public address early Wednesday, saying the Filipino nation would remain grateful for the service of the fallen soldiers.

“Let me extend the nation’s deepest condolences to the families of our soldiers and civilians who perished in the C-130 crash in Sulu, Sunday, July 4,” he said.

“The passengers were given immediate medical attendance and further treatment. The Filipino people recognizes and will always remember our soldiers’ deep devotion to duty. To their families, please accept the love and prayers of a grateful nation,” he added.

Duterte likewise extended his gratitude to the people of Sulu who helped in the rescue of the crash victims.

“To the civilians of Sulu, mainly the Tausugs, who assisted government in rescuing the passengers of the crash, maraming salamat (Thank you very much),” he said.

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Fifty soldiers and three civilians were killed following a fatal crash of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport plane in Sulu over the weekend. The tragedy is considered among the worst in the military aviation history.

More than 40 military personnel continue to receive treatment at hospitals following the plane crash.

On Monday, the President traveled to Zamboanga City to visit the wake of the soldiers killed in the plane crash. He also visited the wounded soldiers during his visit to the province.

The soldiers were given the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kalasag medal in honor of their service.