DND condoles with family of Japanese soldier killed while KAMANDAG underway

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.