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Region 8 honors young Marine who died in line of duty in Basilan

Tacloban City (September 11) -- During the Region 8 Culmination Program of the National Crime Prevention Week Celebration, held on September 10 at the Kanhuraw Information and Media Relations Office, the coordinating committee cited the bravery, courage, dedication and love of country of PFC Elizar Semeniano, a young marine from Tacloban City who was beheaded in line of duty in Basilan on July 10, 2007.

The citation was handed to the late Marine's father Tereso Sameniano who is a retired Marine soldier, by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez who himself is an awardee for his crime prevention efforts, PCSupt Reodorido R. Lapuz IV and DILG ARD Aida Laruda.

Very few people know that a family of marines at Barangay Taguictic, Tacloban City, has been silently grieving the death of their 27 year old son who was among those beheaded in the July 10 Basilan Massacre of Marine soldiers.

The death of Marine Sergeant Elizar S. Semeniano is a proof of the importance of crime prevention and the safeguarding of peace in the community and the country as a whole.

Marine Sergeant Elizar S. Semeniano is considered a hero not only by his father, retired Marine soldier Tereso Seminiano but also by his neighbors and childhood friends and the Public Safety Forces of government. Without any trace of bitterness, his father Tereso said that his son died working for the attainment of that elusive peace in Mindanao.

Elizar, who even in death still looked good in his marine uniform, was beheaded, his fingers cut and with cuts at his back and in his head. His girlfriend Luchie together with her mother and grand mother, came to Tacloban from Zamboanga, accompanying the remains.

Elizar and Luchie were scheduled to be married in September. Father Tereso said that they were supposed to be married earlier but they didn't have time to attend the pre cana which is required before they could be married.

Tereso said that he served as a Marine for 24 years and his children grew up in the marine camp. It was not a surprise, therefore, when Elizar entered the Marines four years ago. Another son, Allan has been serving in Sulo as a marine for one year already.

When asked whether he will still go back to Sulu, Allan told the Philippine Information Agency that he will continue to serve with the Marines. His brother's death, only made Allan's determination to help achieve Peace in Mindanao, stronger.

Even Secretary Jesus Dureza, the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process, who found time to visit the remains when was in Tacloban in July, couldn't help but express his admiration to the Seminiano family's bravery and love of country.

Tereso has been a good Marine soldier and so his sons wanted to follow his footsteps. Even if his eldest son Elizar died in line of duty, never did he discouraged his son Allan from returning to Sulu.

The story of young Elizar should be a reminder to all Filipinos to help in crime prevention and in the maintenance of peace and order in this land.

The other awardees aside from Mayor Romualdez and the late Marine soldier, are Director Arturo Gabrieles of the Parole and Probation Administration, the Tacloban City Police Station Police Community Relations Section and Barangay Tanod Danilo Daban of Barangay 83, San Jose, Tacloban City. (PIA 8) [top]

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