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Jun 21 2017

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Chatto pays tribute to Boholano Marawi hero

Gov. Edgar Chatto today paid tribute to the Boholano soldier hero of Marawi, a land of promise turned by terrorism into a lake of blood.

“Not everybody is given the chance to die for the love of country, a hero, like Cpl John Romulo Garcia,” the governor said.

The Boholano soldier was one of the 13 members of the elite Philippine Marines killed in action in the terrorist Marawi City siege.

Flown to Bohol, his remains are now on last days of vigil at the Garcia home in barangay Cagawasan in San Miguel.

Chatto turned over a bronze plaque, on which enscribed the Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution of posthumous commendation, and a cash support to his surviving family.

He thanked Garcia’s parents, Romulo, Sr. and Sylvia, “for having a brave son who offered his life so that the country may be at peace.”

The governor was accompanied by Provincial Board Member Agapito Avenido of the Second District, San Migeul Mayor Leonila Pinat, Police Chief Christopher Fernandez, the Sangguniang Bayan member who chairs the peace committee, and barangay captain Isabelo Palma.

The soldier’s remains will be brought to the municipal hall before the burial.

A terrorist sniper’s bullet felled the Garcia, 28, who was to rescue a fellow soldier.

Before his fateful Marawi mission, Garcia was assigned to escort the Vietnamese delegate during the ministers’ and senior officials’ meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bohol last April.

Garcia was a graduate of the Bohol Island State University before entering the military service.

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