Go expresses sympathies to families, loved ones of fallen soldiers in C-130 crash

Go expresses sympathies to families, loved ones of fallen soldiers in C-130 crash

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has expressed his sympathies
to the families of those who died as well as the wounded ones after a
Philippine Air Force C-130 plane crashed in Patikul, Sulu last July 4.

“Nalulungkot po kami, nakikiramay po kami. Alam niyo, nakakalungkot po
na ang mga sundalo natin halos po nagsasakripisyo, nakipagdigmaan doon
sa Jolo, ay sila po ang naging biktima nitong plane crash na ito,”
said Go.

“Ako po’y nakikiusap sa mga kababayan natin, magdasal po tayo para sa
kanila at sa kanilang mga pamilya, nakikiramay po kami doon. At
titingnan namin kung anong mga kailangan pa po na maitulong natin sa
kanila,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte arrived at the Armed Forces of the
Philippines Western Mindanao Command Gymnasium in Zamboanga City
Monday night to visit government troops who were injured by the
incident.

Earlier, military chief General Cirilito Sobejana said that all 96
individuals on board the plane have been identified. 52 people were
killed while 47 soldiers were injured according to Defense Secretary
Delfin Lorenzana.

The Senator mentioned that government assistance will be provided to
the families of those who died.

“Magbibigay po kami ng hiwalay na tulong, si Pangulo at ako naman po
bilang Senador ay magbibigay rin po ng hiwalay na tulong po para sa
kanila,” said Go.

The Office of the President will provide financial assistance and
other items to the families of soldiers who died or were injured
during the incident. On the other hand, Go’s office will distribute
additional financial aid to the families and other items.

Asked about the cause of the tragic incident, the Senator asked the
public to wait for the results of the investigation by the
authorities.

“Ayaw ko pong pangunahan ang ating mga awtoridad, ang ating Air Force,
I’m sure na nag-iimbestiga na rin po sila. Nakausap ko po si General
Allen Paredes, ‘yung commanding General ng Philippine Air Force, ay
I’m sure magsusumite po sila ng report sa ating mahal na Pangulo, ang…
Commander in Chief, kung ano ho bang nangyari talaga sa pagbagsak
‘no,” said Go.

“Possible sa mga video nakita natin nag-overshoot sa runway,” he added.

Go then asked authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and
determine the cause of the problem given that just last week, a newly
acquired S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopter of the Air Force also
crashed during a night flight training near Tarlac, killing six
people.

“Tingnan pong mabuti kung ano talaga ang diperensya. Mayroon bang
diperensya? May nasira ba? Alam niyo bago po ito, I’m sure mga na
refurbish po ito. Pinapadala pa ito sa ibang bansa, itong mga C-130,
‘yung helicopter naman po ay bago,” said Go.

“‘Yung Black Hawk, bagong bili po ito ng Armed Forces of the
Philippines. Maaaring tingnan muna nila ‘yung safety nitong ating mga
aircraft natin na lumilipad, lalong-lalo na po itong sakay nito.
Importante po ang buhay ng bawat sundalo at ating Air Force,
napakahalaga po,” he added.

Go said that Duterte is saddened by the incident, adding that they
both share the grief of Filipinos over the tragedy.

“Alam niyo, napakasakit po. Ako sobrang nasaktan po ako ng malaman ko
kahapon. I share ‘yung grief ng Pilipino, lalung-lalo na po mga
sundalo natin ito,” he said.

“Talagang mahal po namin ni Pangulong Duterte ang ating Armed Forces
at talagang pinupuntahan namin ‘yan, binibisita namin sila tuwing
pupunta kami sa Jolo. Ilang beses na po kami pumunta doon sa kampo,”
he ended. (AI/MTVN)

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