From one military spouse to another. Mrs Jean Joselyn Dioso-Año, wife of AFP Chief of Staff General Eduard Año, hands over the P1-million check to Mrs Leah Dinglasan, spouse of the late TSg Aldrin Dinglasan of the Philippine Marines who died fighting the Maute-IS group in Marawi City. Mrs Dingalasan is one of five beneficiaries who received financial aid in a Ceremonial Turnover held 09 August 2017 at the GHQ Conference Room here. (Photo by SN1 Viluan/PAOAFP)

CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City—At least P98 million have been donated for each families of soldiers Killed-in-Action (KIA) during the ongoing fight against Daesh-inspired Maute Group in Marawi City, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said.

“The lone philanthropist donor, who wished to remain anonymous despite the large amount of financial aid, pledged and actually donated P1-million each to the kin of our brave soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting to wrest Marawi City from terrorists’ control,” Colonel Arevalo added.

From the P98 Million donation, five donees received a-million-peso check each during a ceremonial turnover presided by the AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año on 09 August 2017 at the General Headquarters Conference Room here.

A week earlier, on 02 August 2017, Gen Año handed over the same amount of check each to the families of three fallen heroes in Marawi during his visit to the Headquarters, 4th Infantry Division at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan De Oro City.

The remaining P90 Million will be turned over to the Major Services for distribution to other beneficiaries.

 “What is immensely admirable with this anonymous donor, apart from his or her selflessness in giving away such an enormous sum of money, is the express continuing commitment to provide a-million-peso each to the family of soldiers who may be KIA, God forbid, in the continuing crisis in Marawi. The number of soldiers KIA has now reached 122 from 98 at the time of the pledge,” Col Arevalo said.

The donation was deposited in the account name AFP Marawi Casualty in Landbank of the Philippines. The account was opened in June for those who have expressed desire to help the families of soldiers who died in battle.

“On behalf of the AFP, our soldiers, and their families, I wish to commend the generosity of our benefactor who chose to remain anonymous despite the enormity of this gesture,” General Año said.

“This, and the countless other gestures of goodwill, sympathy, and support that we have received in this time when our resolve is being challenged manifest the true spirit of Bayanihan that is kindled in each one of us,” General Año added. @@@