MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – Just three weeks ago, Cpl. Minard Jann Ocier was here in his hometown and happily celebrated his birthday with his family.
On Tuesday night, he returned in a homecoming most painful to those he left behind.
“Sunday morning, pag gising ko nag-text pa ako sa kaniya, around 7 nag-reply siya sa akin sabi niya ‘Good morning mommy, I love you’,” said Ocier's widow Maricris.
(Sunday morning, when I woke up I texted him, around 7 he replied 'Good morning mommy, I love you.')
She also recalled having her husband back home on Jan. 10 for his birthday.
Ocier was among 21 people killed in blasts that hit one after the other at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu.
His body was brought home Tuesday night in Barangay Managok here.
As much as she wants to give justice to her husband’s death, Maricris said she now leaves it up to God.
“Diyos na ang bahala. Kasi pag patayin daw ang gumawa nito sa kaniya ‘di na maibabalik ang buhay ng asawa ko,” said Maricris.
(I leave it up to God. Because even if we kill those behind this, it cannot bring my husband back.)
The soldier leaves behind two young daughters.
Ocier, whose dream it was to become a soldier, joined the army’s Special Forces in 2010 and was a member of the 6th Special Forces Battalion based in Sulu.