Before C-130 crash, soldier vowed to come home for wedding anniversary

Published July 13, 2021, 6:42 AM

by Philippine News Agency

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – One of the fallen soldiers of the C-130 crash in Patikul, Sulu looked forward to his first wedding anniversary next month.

Emabel Dapanas said her husband, PFC. Carlos Dapanas Jr., promised he will be home in August and was excited to reunite with their child, aged one.

“He told me, that even if he is assigned in Sulu, he will ask permission to return so we can celebrate our anniversary,” she said in an interview.

FAREWELL. Emabel Dapanas (center), wife of Pvt. Carlos Dapanas Jr., breaks down at the sight of her husband’s casket at the Army’s 4th Infantry Division headquarters in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, July 12 (PNA/MANILA BULLETIN)

Originally from Manticao, Misamis Oriental, Dapanas Jr. was with the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion (IB), in Agusan del Sur.

He volunteered to be transferred to 11th Infantry Division (ID) in Jolo.

His body was among the five remains that arrived at the Philippine Army 4th ID headquarters here on Monday.

Others were TSg. Nelson B. Hadjiri from Kadingilan, Bukidnon; PFC. Philip Dante T. Camilosa, from Bit-os, Butuan City; Cpl Jay-ar V. Obenita of Lianga, Surigao del Sur; and Pvt. Carlos Jhun C. Paragua Jr. from Manila De Bugabos, Butuan City.

The C-130 crashed in Barangay Bangkal around 11:30 a.m. on July 4, killing 49 out of the 96 onboard.

Major Francisco Garello Jr., spokesperson of the 4ID, said more bodies will arrive after forensic investigations are completed.

Bukidnon native Asuncion Indapan, the stepmother of Pvt. Marcelino Alquisar, said she will divide among her other children the financial assistance from the government.

“More assistance will surely be given to them, for their sons who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We will always pray for the families and relatives that they will have the strength to surpass these trying times,” said Lt. Col. Edgardo Talaroc Jr,, commander of the 8IB.