DND condoles with family of Japanese soldier killed while KAMANDAG underway

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The Department of National Defense (DND) has expressed condolences to the family and loved ones of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldier who died in a road accident in Clark-Subic Expressway last week.

“The Department of National Defense extends its condolences to the family and loved ones of Sgt. Maehara Suguru who died in a most unfortunate vehicular accident while he was in our country as a member of the JGSDF contingent which is observing ‘Exercise Kamandag’,” Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said.

KAMANDAG is a military training exercise led by Philippines between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and US military, along with participants from the Japan Self-Defense Force featuring military-to-military exchanges through various training events, capabilities development training, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects. KAMANDAG 2 will be running until October 10.

Suguru was aboard a vehicle on an administrative mission when it collided with a truck last October 2. He succumbed to severe head injuries on Sunday.

“The vehicle was driven by a Filipino civilian, while the other passenger was another Japanese soldier. Both were injured in the accident but have been released from hospital,” Andolong said.