Go Negosyo Turns Over Financial Aid for Kin of Marawi Heroes

August 3rd, 2017
Manny Pangilinan, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Tessie Sy-Coson, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte, PA Joey Concepcion, ES Salvador Medialdea, AFP General Eduardo Año, and Dr. Domingo Yap with (2nd Row L-R) Nilda Santos (wife of the late Tsg Jessie Santos), Mercenita Savellano (mother of the late 1LT John Frederick Savellano), Lolita Selda (mother of the late Cpl Dennis Selda), Ligaya Serrano (wife of the late Cpl Benito Serrano), Karin Sisiban (wife of the late Pfc Kevin Sisiban), Manilyn Solar (wife of the late PS1 Freddie Solar), Evelyn Sumagpang (mother of the late Cpl Rolan Sumagpang), Ronald Supnad (father of the late Cpl Ronald Supnad Jr), May Chinaline Tamboon (wife of the late Sgt Brian Tamboon), Marcia Tinangag (mother of the late Pfc Gener Tinangag), Pamela Tolorio (sister of the late Pvt Joshua Tolorio), Diana Triston (wife of the late SSg Joven Triston), William Sr. Tuanda (father of the late Pfc William Tuanda Jr), Suela Villanueva (mother of the late SSg Joseph Villanueva), Ellen Mae Aquino (liason officer of the late Cpl Harney Jay Villaruel), Marites Vista (mother of the late Pfc Johnro Vista).

Manny Pangilinan, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, Tessie Sy-Coson, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte, PA Joey Concepcion, ES Salvador Medialdea, AFP General Eduardo Año, and Dr. Domingo Yap with (2nd Row L-R) Nilda Santos (wife of the late Tsg Jessie Santos), Mercenita Savellano (mother of the late 1LT John Frederick Savellano), Lolita Selda (mother of the late Cpl Dennis Selda), Ligaya Serrano (wife of the late Cpl Benito Serrano), Karin Sisiban (wife of the late Pfc Kevin Sisiban), Manilyn Solar (wife of the late PS1 Freddie Solar), Evelyn Sumagpang (mother of the late Cpl Rolan Sumagpang), Ronald Supnad (father of the late Cpl Ronald Supnad Jr), May Chinaline Tamboon (wife of the late Sgt Brian Tamboon), Marcia Tinangag (mother of the late Pfc Gener Tinangag), Pamela Tolorio (sister of the late Pvt Joshua Tolorio), Diana Triston (wife of the late SSg Joven Triston), William Sr. Tuanda (father of the late Pfc William Tuanda Jr), Suela Villanueva (mother of the late SSg Joseph Villanueva), Ellen Mae Aquino (liason officer of the late Cpl Harney Jay Villaruel), Marites Vista (mother of the late Pfc Johnro Vista).

MALACAÑAN: July 25, 2017—Go Negosyo hosted the Salamat Magigiting na Mandirigma where financial assistance was turned over to the families of the 101 soldiers and policemen who have laid down their lives in service of our country.

Government officials attending the event held at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace include President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP General Eduardo Año, PNP General Ronald Dela Rosa and other cabinet members and military officers.

President Duterte empathized with the families in the message he delivered stating that it pains him that these soldiers had to die for peace in Marawi upon his orders. The president then announced that he will assure that their soldiers will receive better funding and that their families, especially the children are also taken care of. According to the president, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous intends to give 1 million pesos to the bereaved families. He also shared that he already raised 20 billion pesos and hopes to raise 30 more in order to fund the education of the soldier’s children. “I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the families of our troops who perished fighting for the liberation of Marawi. I know that no amount could equal the precious lives of your loved ones.”

Go Negosyo Founder and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Mr. Joey Concepcion in his opening message shared that the intent of the event is to show the unwavering commitment of the private sector to inclusivity and peace and its genuine gratitude to the heroes through helping their families get through these tragic times. “What your sons have done for this country is truly admirable. They are heroes of this country, and all those grieving here truly understand how much this pains you. Today, we celebrate the heroic deeds they have done for this country.”

Ms. Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Go Negosyo’s Program Head for Sulu and Marawi efforts, regularly coordinates the assistance and aid given by Kapatids to support the soldiers in Marawi. Over the past weeks, care packages that include basic necessities and letters of encouragement have reached the men and women who are bravely fighting for peace to be established in Marawi.

“Despite extremely dangerous and adverse conditions, our troops forge on in this battle to preserve the fabric of peace that is essential to all of us. This united humanitarian effort by Kapatids to support our brave troops is a manifestation of our solidarity for the men and women who lay down their lives for for our country. We will continue these efforts for them and for their families,” Hontiveros-Malvar shared.

Go Negosyo Kapatids such as the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Tessie Sy-Coson (BDO, SM Group), Josephine Gotianun Yap (Filinvest),  Jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corporation), Manny Pangilinan (PLDT SMART Foundation), DU30 Cabinet Spouses Association, Alfred Ty (Metrobank Foundation), Jean Henri Lhuillier (Cebuana Lhuillier),  Mildred Vitangcol (St. Peter’s Chapel), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation), Federico Lopez (First Philippine Holdings), Michael Tan (Asia Brewery & Philippine Airlines), Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee Foods Corporation), Injap Sia (Double Dragon Properties), Joey Concepcion (RFM Corporation), Jojo Concepcion (Concepcion Industries), William Belo (Wilcon Depot), Dennis Uy (Chelsea Logistics), Santi Araneta (LBC), and Sabin Aboitiz (Aboitiz Corporation) and many other Go Negosyo Kapatids attended and showed their genuine concern and support through their generous donations to the Marawi fund for grieving military families.

Grieving families

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan, recounts the day she found out her husband would not be returning from Marawi anymore. She shares that her husband initially only had to accompany his students who were snipers to Marawi. However, he eventually insisted that he couldn’t just leave his students and would have to stay in Marawi.

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan

Leah Dinglasan, wife of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan

Leah shares that she didn’t want her husband to go. But upon his insistence she relented. “Sabi niya kung siya po ay hindi naman sasama at pababayaan niya yung mga estudyante niya hindi naman po siya magiging okay dun. (He said if he doesn’t go and leaves behind his students, he wouldn’t be okay with that.)

Leah is distraught upon learning that her husband has passed away. She shares that she is lost and doesn’t know how to move forward with her life and her children’s. “Hindi ko po kayang ako lang mag-isang magtataguyod sa mga anak ko. Ngayon wala na siya, wala na kaming masasandalan kasi dependent kami sa kanya sa lahat ng bagay. (I can’t raise my children on my own. Now that [my husband] is gone, we don’t have anyone to rely on because we were dependent on him for everything.)”

Despite the tragic loss her family has to deal with, Leah is grateful for her husband’s unending love and support. “Salamat sa lahat ng pagmamahal na binigay mo sa amin kahit lagi kang malayo sa amin. Kahit wala ka na hindi mo pa din kami pinabayaan sa lahat ng bagay. Sana gabayan mo pa din kami kahit wala ka na dito sa amin. Pipilitin kong maging matatag para sayo at para sa mga bata. (Thank you for all the love that you’ve given us, even if you’re far away. Even if you’re not physically here with us, you haven’t abandoned us. I hope that you continue to guide us and I will do my best to stay strong for you and our kids.)

Nenita Ramos also languishes at the fact the she has lost her son, Pfc Mark Anthony Ramos, to the war. “Sobra pong sakit! Hindi ko po alam noon kung ano ang gagawin ko. Hindi ko po matanggap na siya ay mawawala. (It was unbearably painful! I didn’t know what to do. I can’t accept that he will be gone.)

Despite the pain of losing her son, Nenita and her husband are proud of their son. “Nagpapasalamt kami sa kanya kasi siya’y naging mabait na anak. Tapos ibinuwis niya ang kanyang buhay sa ganung sitwasyon para sa bansa natin. Masakit man po, natutuwa kami kasi binigyan niya kami ng karangalan. Taas ang noo namin dahil pinagmamalaki namin siya dahil isa siyang bayani. (We are thankful because he was a good son. He sacrificed his life for our country. Even if it hurts, we are grateful that he has given us honor. Our heads are held high because we are proud of the hero he is.)”

Kapatid for Marawi

Since the onset of the Marawi conflict, the Go Negosyo Kapatid network has pooled together its resources and efforts in order to bring support and relief to the soldiers in Marawi. The community has been able to send out more than 5000 care packages which included food, water and personal care items to the displaced Maranaos and to the troops on the ground. This was done in collaboration with Kapatids such as Santi Araneta (LBC) and Dodong Sebendal (Pilmico Iligan) who volunteered their warehouses as centers for packaging and delivery purposes.

The Kapatids have also gone the extra mile by providing travel and accommodations to the families who will be traveling to Manila for the Event. The Tan family (Philippine Airlines) has given free airfare to fly in all the families whilst Injap Sia (Double Dragon Properties) and Tony Tan-Caktiong (Jolibee Food Corp. & Double Dragon Properties), are giving the families free accommodations at Hotel 101 and free meals through Mang Inasal and Jollibee.

Beyond this event, the Kapatid community has promised ongoing assistance for the soldiers and their families. The Department of Trade & Industry and The Department of Agriculture have both expressed their intention of assisting the families through providing mentorship programs which will help the families maximize and properly utilize their funds.