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Malacaņang commends Sgt. Papa-an for his heroism

Manila (2 April) -- Malacaņang cited today the heroism and bravery of slain Army Staff Sgt. Rowel Papa-an, saying he "exemplifies the role of the Filipino soldier" as an agent of compassion and service.

"The ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Papa-an for peace and order in an urban poor community exemplifies the role of the Filipino soldier not only as a combatant but as an agent of compassion and service," Press Secretary and concurrent Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio R. Bunye said.

Papa-an, a member of the Civil Military Operations Battalion conducting a community service project in Parola, Tondo, Manila, was shot dead last Saturday when he came to the aid of a man who was being robbed by three armed suspects.

Reports said Papa-an was wearing his Army uniform but was not carrying a weapon when he responded to the holdup incident. He was about to bring one of the suspects to the barangay hall when he was shot by an unidentified accomplice of the suspect.

Bunye said the Parola incident "should dispel the wanton notion" that the soldiers deployed in some depressed barangays in Metro Manila "are there to sow fear."

"They have been there to help uplift lives and bring hope, sow peace and harmony, and it is in this light that we commend Sgt. Papa-an for his heroism," Bunye said.

Certain sectors have deplored the deployment of soldiers in some areas of the metropolis, saying they sow fear among the people.

The military has said that their deployment is part of their training and eventually, they would be pulled out. (OPS) [top]

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