“Nakakaiyak naman, makuha nya pang magpalda ng pera…”
This is the reaction of a netizen after reading the story of Pfc Ramonito “Bon Bon” Occena whose last act before reinserting himself into battle, was to send money to his mother in Negros.
Occena’s story was shared to the public recently by war correspondent Josephine Jaron Codilla on Facebook.
According to Codilla, Occena was wounded in action June 4, 2017 and got the chance to met President Duterte in the hospital where he was recuperating from his wounds.
On July 15, Occena “reinserted” into the frontlines to fight the Maute terrorist group.
Several days before dying a hero’s death, Occena asked a friend, a fellow wounded soldier Pfc Allan Benbinuto to send money to his mother Ma. Belinda V. Occena in Sipalay City.
Pfc Benbinuto narrated to war correspondent Codilla that he told Pfc Occena to take good care of himself. The latter, even waved to Benbinuto before he left.
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AGAIN, SOLDIER’S LAST THOUGHTS WERE OF HIS FAMILY
Even while Pfc Ramonito “Bon Bon” Occena was hospitalized for injuries sustained in Marawi, he was selfless and was thinking of family all the time.
After being wounded on June 4 and recuperating in a hospital where he had the opportunity to meet President Duterte, Pfc Occena “reinserted” into the frontlines to fight the Maute terrorist group on July 15.
A day before reinsertion, Pfc Occena, still single at 27, requested his friend, fellow wounded soldier Pfc Allan Benbinuto, to send money to his mother Ma. Belinda V. Occena in Sipalay City.
Pfc Benbinuto said he told Pfc Occena to take good care of himself. The latter, he said, even waved to him before he left.
Pfc Benbinuto showed me the paper bearing the details of the remittance in Pfc Occena’s own handwriting.
“Magkakasama tayo, Mom, noong July 15 nung pinadala ko ito sa Palawan (Express) sa Iligan,” he said.
Ten days later, Pfc Occena died a hero’s death.
Netizens grieve over the passing of a filial son and a brave soldier.