An army captain and his battle partner were among the recent fatalities in the war against terrorists in Marawi City which started nearly four months ago; bringing the number of government troops killed in action to 147.
Army Scout Ranger Capt. Rommel Sandoval was the commander of the 11th Scout Ranger Company. His buddy, Pfc. Sherwin Canapi was also killed along with him on Sunday during an encounter with the terrorist Group.
Sandoval, whose call sign was “Daredevil”, was insofar the highest ranking military officer killed in the battle to take Marawi City back from the Maute-Abu Sayyaf terrorist groups.
Their deaths brought to 44 the number of Scout Rangers killed in the war which President Duterte said could last until end of 2017.
A Facebook page dedicated to the Army Scout Rangers said: “They both died fighting.” The page was created as tribute to fallen soldiers.
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Posted by on Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sandoval’s remains were brought to Manila on Monday afternoon. His wake is being held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani mortuary.
President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wake of Army Capt. Rommel Sandoval and Pfc. Class Sherwin Canapi on Tuesday night, as per Inquirer.
The Scout Ranger Books page paid tribute to the bravery of Sandoval and Canapi who got killed while trying to save one of their team leaders who was wounded and trapped in a building in Marawi.
The post said IS still fired at the team leader even though he was already wounded. The late Sandoval decided to rescue the soldier because he did not want to lose any of his men. A true leader, he and his buddy led the attack as they went down to the first floor. Sandoval’s command was simple: “I-cover fire n’yo ako!” [Give me cover fire!] Sandoval reached his soldier and took his pulse, but a number of IS was already waiting for him.
Sandoval was first shot on his side. Sandoval and Canapi fired back at the terrorists, but Sandoval received a fatal shot on the cheek.
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