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PostUS Army Bury One of their Own in the Philippines (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines) (John Eipper, USA, 02/13/06 9:33 pm)
Bienvenido Macario writes: A soldier will live or die under the same combat conditions regardless of whether he or she is fighting for the US Armed Forces, Commonwealth Army of the Philippines (a corrupt forever developing 3rd World country), New People's Army, a private army or even a local gang. The difference lie in the how the country or nation will take care of its veterans and their families. The Philippines is the only country in the world that was a US Commonwealth. There are more US soldiers buried in the Philippines than in France. The hundreds of people who wnet to pay their last respects to this former Filipino in service with the US Army (see below) attest to the close relationship between the American and Filipino peoples. Let there be a referendum to determine what the different regions in the Philippines want with respect to their relations with the US and other countries. This should not be determined by Ilokanos or Kapangpangan or Pangasinan people alone. They should decide for their own respective regions. Former Filipinos in the US should register their reaction as well.
US Army bury soldier in Bohol :US Army honor guards carry the American flag-draped coffin of US Army Sgt. Myla Maravillosa, the first female Filipino-American soldier killed in Iraq, during her funeral yesterday in Inabanga, Bohol as local residents pay their last tribute. -
Proud Boholanos bury first Fil-Am woman soldier killed in Iraq ( Philippine Star 01/20/2006)
INABANGA, Bohol (AP) Proud townsfolk of the first Filipino-American woman soldier killed in Iraq buried her remains yesterday with full US military honors in the tiny village where she grew up before migrating to America nine years ago. A Roman Catholic chapel near the childhood home of Army Sgt. Myla Maravillosa in the village of U-og in Inabanga town was too small to accommodate hundreds of people attending the funeral Mass. A contingent of US Army honor guards led by Brig. Gen. Gregory Schumacher provided traditional US military honors, while Bohol Gov. Erico Aumentado directed all Philippine flags flown at half-mast in the entire province. Schumacher, commander of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, described Maravillosa as a "true Filipino-American hero" who "represented the very best of the qualities that we desire in our soldiers and indeed represented the very best of humanity itself. The ties between the United States and the Philippines are deep and enduring and she is a symbol of that very strong relationship". Schumacher knelt as he offered the folded US flag that draped Maravillosa s coffin to her mother Estelita, together with her daughter s US military medals, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal. Relatives and friends released white balloons with the message, "We will always remember, we will love you forever." Maravillosa s mother clutched the US flag and watched quietly as people wept. "What sorrows I have now, I have to accept because that is her fate," Estelita Maravillosa said at the chapel. "She died not in vain. She died for a cause for the freedom of the whole world." Provincial administrator Tomas Abapo said Maravillosa "died an honorable death in an important war" against terrorism, which is also plaguing the Philippines.
Plan to attend the WAIS conference on "Critical World Issues " at Stanford July 31-August 1, 2006. It will be a rare opportunity to meet other WAISers. Tell interested friends.