02 Sep Abu Sayyaf Decapitated Three of the 15 Soldiers in Patikul, Sulu
On August 9, Monday afternoon, a news about 15 soldiers that were killed at Patikul, Sulu was reported, and a mother among the soldiers then contacted her son.
Mila Falcasantos sent a text message to her son Jison, a private first class in the Army’s 35th Infantry Battalion saying, “Son musta jan?”, sent at 6:40 p.m.
The mother attentively waited for Jison’s reply,she was very worried that she couldn’t sleep that night.
At 6:44 a.m. the next day, her cell phone rang indicating that it has received a message. The message says from Jison’s number, “Patay na ang son mu, wala na ang ulo niya, pinutulan na namin ng ulo kahapon.”
Mila was devastated and replied, “Wala kayong konsensya.”
A response was sent back saying, “Talaga wala kaming konsensya dahil nagpunta sila dito sa lugar namin pati ikaw puputulan din kita ng ulo.”
The mother then contacted a relative military officer in Jolo confirming if the news was true. The officer affirmed that one of the 15 killed soldiers last Monday at Sitio Kan Jalul, Patikul was beheaded and it was Pfc. Jison Falcasantos.
She then told the Inquirer – national newspaper, “He saw my son’s body, and two other soldiers, including an officer, had also been beheaded.”
President Rodrigo Duterte must put an end against the Abu Sayyaf to prevent more killings, she added.
Mila knew the dangers and risks of being a soldier but the way her son died was totally unexpected, as she spoke, “I did not raise him so he would end that way.”