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19 cadavers in crashed C-130 aircraft identified

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan De Oro City: Nineteen of the 49 soldiers who perished in a military C130 cargo plane crashed in Patikul, Sulu were already positively identified, Maj. Francisco Garello, Jr., of the army’s 4ID here said Thursday.
Garello also said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also corrected the previous report of 50 total fatalities citing that there had been a double count.

He said that as of July 7, the total casualties were still at 49.

Identified were Major Emmanuel Makalintal, Major Michael Vincent Benolerao, First Lieutenant Joseph Hintay, Technical Sergeant Mark Anthony Agana, Technical Sergeant Donald Badoy, Staff Sergeant Jan Neil Macapaz, Staff Sergeant Michael Bulalaque, and Sergeant Jack Navarro from the Philippine Air Force.

Also named were Captain Higello Emeterio from the AFP Medical Corps and First Lieutenant Sheena Alexandria Tato from the AFP Nurse Corps.

From the Philippine Army, identified were Sergeant Butch Maestro, Private First Class Christopher Rollon, Private First Class Felixzalday Provido, Privates Raymar Carmona, Vic Monera, Mark Nash Lumanta, Jomar Gabas, Marcelino Alquisar, and Mel Mark Angana.

The AFP has already transported 11 of the remains to their home towns. They were Captain Emeterio, Sgt Maestro, Tsg Agana, PFC Rollon, PFC Provido, Pvt Gabas, Pvt Alquisar, Pvt Lumanta, Pvt Angana, Pvt Carmona, and Pvt Monera.

The remains of 1Lt Tato was transported via C295 aircraft while seven of the identified cadavers were being prepared for air and land transport.
The AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana said that efforts were still focused on the identification of 30 more cadavers were still in Zamboanga City, and the ongoing investigation of the plane crash.

“This is a very hard task since the cadavers were beyond recognition but we have experts supporting our efforts. We are doing our best to expedite the identification and the ongoing investigation without compromising its credibility,” said General Sobejana.

He asked for the people’s understanding as investigating teams were still gathering more pieces of evidence to find out the circumstances of the unfortunate incident.

“Our people can be assured of the AFP’s transparency, however, the investigation process takes time. All factors were being considered to ensure the accuracy of the findings,” General Sobejana said -0-

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