Slain soldier in Marawi Clash, called for his father before he was hit: Pa pray for me

Slain soldier during the Marawi clash called his father to pray for him while in the middle of battle against the Maute group on May 25.

Army Corporal Angelo Estores Jr., 25 years old, father of two kids, a member of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 5th mechanized battalion was killed last May 25 while trying to get the caliber of his dead companion.

He was listed no. 10 in the list of AFP casualties in Marawi.

Earlier on May 25, Estores called his father, a retired soldier who survived the Jolo encounter.

“Pa, Pray mo sa ako, murag dili na madayon akong kasal, tulo na lang mi nabilin ang siyam patay na,” said Jestoni Almeres, cousin of Angelo in an interview with quoting the communication between the soldier and his father.

During the telephone conversation, Estores Sr. advised Angelo to avoid getting out if he will be trapped unless reinforcement arrives.

On the other hand, stores told his father that he’s crawling towards the 50-caliber of his companion and urged him to pray for his safety.

While his father was on the other line directing him what to do, Jr. no longer answered but he heard the volume of fire, he just assumed his son was wounded.

At 6pm on May 25, classmates of Estores jr. sent a message to his father that he was hit.

Angelo was set to exchange vows to the mother of his children on June 29 in Pikit, North Cotabato but the Marawi siege ended his life.

The Military in a report said 14 soldiers, two police officers and 18 civilians have been killed as of Saurday night, May 27.

Source: Newsline, All Things Pinoy