Military honors for Marine killed in rescue of Indonesian hostages

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Marines rendered full military honors to Sergeant Romnick Estacio who was killed in an encounter in Sulu while rescuing the Indonesian hostages from the terrorist Abu Sayyaf group.

The full military honors for Estacio were held on Tuesday at the Philippine Marine Corps Headquarters in Taguig City. It was led by Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and Marines chief Major General Nathaniel Casem.

“Sgt Estacio offered the ultimate sacrifice during the focused military operations of the Naval Task Group Sulu (NTGS) against the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) that resulted to the rescue of two (2) Indonesian nationals from the hands of the terrorists at Brgy Pugad Manaul, Panamao, Sulu on 22 December 2019,” the Philippine Marines said in a statement.

Estacio was a member of the 62nd Marine Company. He had been among the soldiers deployed in several combat operations, including in Mindanao.

He fought during the Marawi City siege in Mindanao and was awarded a Bronze Cross Medal for his efforts during the height of the liberation of Marawi in 2017.

“He will always be remembered as an extraordinary Marine, a Hero of our modern time,” the Philippine Marines said.

The agency also extends its deepest sympathy to Estacio’s bereaved family.

“The Filipino people salute our Marine hero Sgt Estacio and his Family. Their grief cannot be alleviated by no words. However, the appreciation of the grateful Nation is more than enough for your Marines,” it said.

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