• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negrense soldier, Private First Class Rodelo Alfanza, who perished in an Iloilo encounter, was laid to rest in a private cemetery on January 28 in Barangay Bato, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, after being accorded full military honors.
Family members, friends, relatives, and fellow soldiers gathered to pay their last respects to PFC Alfanza and to honor his bravery and heroism in serving the country, according to a statement issued by the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.
At his burial, a gun salute was also held to honor his committed and dedicated service to the Philippine Army and the nation. The Philippine flag, which had been draped over PFC Alfanza’s casket as soldiers carried his remains to its final resting place, was handed to his mother, Elizabeth Alegre Alfanza and his fiancée, Vevien Catipunan-Llerin, at the end of the ceremony.
Major Gen. Marion Sison, 3ID commander, also extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family, honoring PFC Alfanza’s memory for his service marked by dignity and gallantry.
“You will forever be etched in the annals of Spearhead heroes. You die not in vain but in the truest essence of soldiery, fading away with dignity and gallantry. Rest In Peace PFC Rodelo Alfanza,” Sison said.
PFC Alfanza died on January 17, after he and fellow soldiers of the 61st Infantry Battalion engaged in an armed encounter with members of Puregold (SYP) Platoon, SPF, KR-Panay, led by Nahum Camariosa, alias Bebong, in Barangay Igpaho, Tubungan, Iloilo. Also injured during the encounter was Sgt Ernie Dionson, who is currently recuperating at Camp Peralta Station Hospital in Jamindan, Capiz.*