Minalin officials pay homage to fallen Kabalen hero

Princess Clea Arcellaz

MINALIN – Officials of this fourth district town recently paid homage to a Minaleño soldier who was killed in the encounter between government troops and Maute terrorist in Marawi City.

Led by Municipal Council members, the officials went to First Lieutenant Frederick Savellano’s wake in Quezon City to personally condole with the bereaved family.

Savellano is part of the 13 Marines who were killed during the 48-hour encounter in Barangay Mandaya in Marawi City.

Four days before his death, Savellano led his platoon in recovering the P52 million cash and P27-million worth of checks in a hideout abandoned by the Maute group.

Savellano traces his Kapampangan roots from his mother, Mercy Sagmit Savellano, who was born and raised in Barangay Sta. Maria in Minalin town.

Minalin Mayor Edgar Flores extended the condolences of the people of Minalin to the Savellano family for the lost of a brave and selfless Minalin son.

“The Municipality of Minalin would like to express its sincerest condolences to the bereaved family and gratitude to the ultimate sacrifice of our beloved kabalen, First Leiutenant John Frederick Sagmit Savellano,” he said.

“You will forever be a hero in the heart of every Minaleño,” Flores added, as he simultaneously urged Minaleño youth to emulate Savellano’s heroism in their own simple ways.