DAVAO CITY – The remains of 1st Lt. Sheena Alexandra Tato, the nurse who was killed in the July 4 C-130 plane crash in Patikul, Sulu, arrived at the Davao Air Station, Headquarters Tactical Operations Wing Eastern Mindanao (TOWEASTMIN) on Friday.
In a statement, the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) said full military honors were accorded to Tato’s remains.
The remains will be brought to their residence in Ecoland for her wake immediately after the arrival at Davao Air Station.
Tato was a nurse of the Philippine Air Force assigned at Air Force General Hospital, 520th Air Base Wing, Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City as Duty Nurse in-charge in Air Evacuation Section.
“She was commissioned as an Officer on December 01, 2015, with flying colors and was one of the top students in her class,” the statement read.
Col. Jesus Nelson Morales, Deputy Wing Commander of the TOWEASTMIN, condoled with the Tato’s family.
“Today we mourn for the loss of one of our beloved comrades, a fellow soldier, a nurse, and a loving daughter,” he said.
The death toll from the C-130H transport plane crash in Patikul, Sulu which includes Tato stands at 52, including 49 troops and three civilians.
The Air Force C-130H with tail number 5125 was to transport troops to Jolo when it crashed at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Around 96 people were recorded in the C-130’s flight manifest, including three pilots and five aircrew.
The aircraft was one of the two C-130Hs acquired through a grant from the US government that arrived in the country last January 29. It was formally welcomed to the PAF fleet during a ceremony at the Villamor Air Base, Pasay last Feb. 18. (PNA)