Company Commander Rommel Sandoval of the Armed Forces of the Philippines died a heroic death, as he used his body to shield one of his wounded men during the battle against the Mautes in Marawi City.
Sandoval led the 11th Scout Ranger Company to which he promised that not a single man under his watch would pass away.
On Sunday, September 10, Day 111 of the war, Sandoval’s men were asked to go on a precarious mission to retake one of the few remaining strongholds of the enemy, the 5-story Landbank building.
It was crucial for the military to take over the buildingin order to push the terrorists back towards Lanao Lake.
Under Sandoval’s watch, the team were able to clear the 5th floor, the 4th, the 3rd, and then the second. The first floor was the most difficult to clear.
Three rangers went down to the first floor but realizing it was too risky, they retreated and were about to go back to the second floor when one of the troops, Corporal Jayson Mante, was shot on the hand.
Mante dropped to his stomach as his injury would slow him down and cause him to be more exposed, then the enemies continued to fire at him as he lay down, and waited for death to come.
Sandoval ordered his men to retrieve Mante, but as the men were failing, he went to Mante’s position, ordered his men to give him cover fire and ran towards the wounded soldier.
2nd Lieutenant Arvie Ventura, the platoon leader, said that Sandoval did not hesitate to save his soldier.
“He didn’t hesitate,” Ventura recalled. “When he got there, he checked Corporal Mante’s pulse, and as he tried to pull him to safety, the enemy spotted him. His first hit was on his side.”
Sandoval let out a scream. But it wasn’t a scream of pain or agony, said Ventura, it was an angry scream, a frustrated scream. “He was so angry, I could see it in his face.”
Despite the hit, Sandoval faced the enemies, and fired. He was then hit on his neck and cheek. The hit on the cheek was fatal.
As the enemies fired, Sandoval crawled on top of Mante, to shield him.
When the troops recovered Sandoval’s body, it was found that his body prevented Mante’s from being hit by the bullets…Read More Here>>