As probe looms, senators condole with families of soldiers, civilians who perished in C-130 crash

As probe looms, senators condole with families of soldiers, civilians who perished in C-130 crash

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — At least three lawmakers in the Senate have condoled with the families
of the victims of the C-130 crash landing in Patikul, Sulu last Sunday
as they wanted to investigate what happened to the ill-fated aircraft,
the third in Philippine Air Force history.

In their separate statement, Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said
that he is going to wait for the results of the investigation before
he lay the blame on our antiquated military aircraft.

“But perhaps, it is about time that we in the legislature take a
second hard look at the reality that lives lost from these so-called
“flying coffins” or “widow makers” are priceless compared to the
foreign debt that we may incur as a result of military modernization,”
he said.

For her part, Senator Grace Poe said that the incident marked this
terrible loss of life with a reminder of the sacrifices our brave
Filipino soldiers make each day in the name of duty to serve the
country.

“We urge authorities to do all they can to rescue the missing and
extend available assistance to the soldiers’ families.,” she said.

At the right time, she added, we expect a thorough investigation of
the incident to see what can be done to avoid a repeat of the tragic
crash and to put in place measures to make our military planes safe.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ loved ones in this
difficult moment,” Poe said.

Meanwhile, Senator Francis Pangilinan offered his deepest sympathies
to the families of the plane crash victims in Sulu.

“This is indeed a devastating incident for our Filipino soldiers who
brave the frontlines every day to carry out their duty of protecting
and serving their fellowmen,” he said.

Pangilinan said that as he urges full assistance to their bereaved
ones, he also sought a thorough investigation on the cause of the
crash and to find ways to avert another tragedy.

“As they risk their lives in performing their tasks, our soldiers
deserve better equipment and hardware to make every flying safe,”
Pangilinan ended.

With this, Senator Risa Hontiveros also extended her sincerest
condolences to the bereaved families of the victims of the C130H plane
crash in Sulu.

“Our hearts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” she said.

“Kasama ko ang sambayanang Pilipino sa pagsaludo sa kanilang alaala.
Their sacrifice and bravery to secure our freedom will never be
forgotten,” she added.

Hontiveros said that the government should ensure that all benefits
due to their families will be released without delay and they are accorded
the proper military honors upon burial.

“It is my hope that a closer investigation of this matter will ensure
the protection of our brave men and women in uniform in their future
deployments,” Hontiveros said.

She added that “considering this is the second plane crash in two
weeks is a disservice to our armed services if we leave them
vulnerable in battle.”

“Grief this expansive calls for clarity and commitment. Let us do
better in protecting the very people who protect our country,” she
ended. (ai/mtvn)

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