The Philippine Army honors the heroism of 11 brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives to attain peace and stability in Patikul, Sulu on April 17, 2020.
Army troops from the 21st Infantry Battalion while conducting peace and stability operations encountered around 40 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrrorists led by Radullan Sahiron and Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan at the hinterlands of Brgy Danag, Patikul, Sulu.
The encounter lasted for an hour which resulted to the death of 11 soldiers and wounding of 14 troops. Pursuit operations are ongoing and the 11th Infantry Division will continue its mission to bring security and stability as a partner for peace in Sulu.
“The Philippine Army is saddened with the events in Sulu today. While our troops are deployed all over the country supporting the National Effort against the NCOVID Pandemic, the fight against terrorism continues,” Lieutenant General Gilbert I Gapay, Commanding General, Philippine Army said.
“Today, we offer our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of our 11 Sulu Heroes who gallantly fought to the last breath against Abu Sayaff Group Terrorists in Brgy. Danag, Patikul, Sulu,” Gapay added.
“While it is a sad day for us, their sacrifices will inspire us to strengthen our resolve until we are free from terrorism. This setback will not deter us from performing our duty to serve the Filipino people and secure our land.” Gapay further added.
The Philippine Army will provide the necessary assistance and benefits to the bereaved families of our 11 gallant heroes in Patikul, Sulu. PHILIPPINE ARMY