From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 28): Army launches ‘Marawi' story book in Tuguegarao City
Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera says the book honors the gallantry of the soldiers who risked their lives to liberate Marawi City, as well as police personnel who continue to fulfill their duty of protecting Filipinos.
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan -- The Philippine Army–Operation Research Center has launched a book entitled “Marawi and Beyond: The Joint Task Force Marawi Story” in this city recently.
Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera, center director, said the book is an account of what transpired in Marawi City, as told by soldiers and stakeholders involved in the the five-month siege, and the sacrifices of the soldiers whose service he said, the book hopes to honor.
According to Herrera, the proceeds of the sales of the Marawi story books, which are now available in bookstores nationwide, will be used for the Marawi Children’s Fund and for the expenses of wounded soldiers who are still recovering from the sustained injuries during the siege.
Sergeant Ronnie Halasan sings one of his compositions dedicated to his lost comrades during the launching of the "Marawi and Beyond: The Joint Task Force Marawi Story” in Tuguegarao City.
He said the book will not only honor the gallantry of the soldiers who risked their lives to liberate Marawi City but also the police personnel who continue to fulfill their duty of protecting the Filipino citizens.
The book also aims to generate public appreciation on peace efforts, security, and patriotism.
“There were 165 soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice as they were killed in action and 1,767 were wounded during the battle in Marawi City,” Herrera said.
He also shared that the government troops have confronted not only Filipino bandits but also foreign terrorists, including young armed individuals during the war.
“The Marawi siege was the biggest battle in our country after World War II but with the heroism of our soldiers and the best strategies we adapted and implemented, we were the fastest nation to defeat ISIS[-inspired terrorists],” Herrera added.
He also said that some countries being penetrated by foreign terrorist groups are now studying the strategies of the Philippines in successfully neutralizing the bandits.
On the other hand, Sergeant Ronnie Halasan, one of the hero soldiers in the Marawi siege, performed some of his song compositions featuring the solitude, sacrifices and touching stories during the war.
He composed 10 songs while in a battle including the “Bayani kong Mahal” which was dedicated to his lost comrades and the “Batang Mandirigma” which narrates the unfortunate story of young rebels who were used in the bloody war.