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29-year-old Kalinga soldier killed in firefight with Abu Sayyaf

Pinukpuk, Kalinga – A 29-year-old Kalinga soldier was killed during an encounter with members of Abu Sayyaf in Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu this January 31.

The said Abu Sayyaf group was also reported by the locals as the ones behind terror activities in the community.

The slain soldier was identified as Private First Class Jay Clint Pasingan from Apatan, Pinukpuk.

According to family members, Pasingan is the youngest child of four siblings. He is survived by his two young children, ages 7 and 4, and his partner. Pasingan entered the service in 2018.

Based on a report by the 11th Infantry (Alakdan) Division, PFC Pasingan was the casualty on the part of the army when they launched an all-out-offensive operation against Abu Sayyaf in Patikul.

The offensive was done after the said terrorist group killed a Tausug soldier who sent off his comrades to visit their family.

The firefight between the government troops and members of the Abu Sayyaf likewise injured two soldiers, identified as Sgt Michel Bagunu and Private First Class Celestino Tano, who are now in stable condition.

On the side of the terrorist group, it was reported that a certain Omar Yakan, under ASG sub-leader Ellam Nasirin, was killed in the encounter.

Meantime, Major General William Gonzales, in a statement, expressed his sympathies to the family and relatives of Pasingan, saying that this ultimate sacrifice was made in the name of protecting the people of Sulu and in the pursuit of peace and development.

"We will remain relentless in our operations to finish off the Abu Sayyaf Group, and we will do our very best to bring peace in the region," he added as the government troops in Patikul are on high alert.

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