Slain Army Lt. in Marawi plans to marry fiancee after mission

COTABATO CITY — One of the heroes of Marawi City was set to marry his girlfriend of 10 years before he died from snipers’ fires while trying to liberate the city from the hands of terrorists.

First Lieutenant Junrich Legada, a nurse in an Army Special Forces unit fighting the Maute terror group, was among the 58 government forces who offered their lives in defense of the Philippine flag and Constitution.

“His girlfriend lost a good would-be husband and his family lost a member with good standing in the local community,” according to North Cotabato Vice Gov. Shirlyn Macasarte-Villanueva Sunday.

Legada died Friday in a hospital, four days after his unit engaged the Maute terrorist group near Bangolo Bridge in downtown Marawi City.

“The province lost another son. We are mourning his death. We lost in Marawi City six sons of North Cotabato who exemplified what `supreme sacrifice’ for country and God is all about,” Macasarte-Villanueva said in a separate statement.

She said North Cotabato Emmylou Taliño Mendoza will extend cash assistance to the family of Legada and help facilitate his burial.

Aside from Legada, soldiers who hailed from North Cotabato include Capt. John Carl Morales, Sgt. Marlon Baldovino, Sgt. Eric Jason Coros, Sgt. Angelo Estores, Jr. and Cpl. Elmer Bueno.

Legada, the sixth soldier from the province killed in action in Marawi City, was born and raised in Midsayap. EOF/