ILOILO - The father of one of the 13 Marines killed in Marawi City Friday night believes his son has done his duty for his countrymen.
"He already accomplished his mission," Simeon Plares Sr. said of his son Sgt. Simeon Plares Jr., who was among a group of marines who died while rescuing civilians trapped by the fighting in Marawi.
A family friend informed them on the news of Simeon Jr.'s death Saturday morning. Simeon Sr. and his wife tried to be strong on hearing the fate of their son, but they could not hold back their tears on remembering his kindness.
"He supported the education of his sibling. When we got sick , he took care of everything, even our maintenance medicines," Simeon Sr. said.
Even the family's house was constructed with the help of Sgt. Plares. Being the only son in the brood of four, he always made it a priority to help his parents who were both senior citizens.
Both father and son also loved surrounding their home with plants.
The elder Plares said that whenever Simeon Jr. went home for a vacation in his hometown in Pototan, Iloilo, he would always bring various plants for his father.
Simeon Sr. lamented that his son won't be able to bring him plants again.
He said that the last time the 33 year-old Plares called them up was on June 1 as he was about to leave Villamor Airbase to be deployed to Marawi City.
They never heard from him again.
Sgt. Plares had been deployed to several areas in Mindanao and fought in different clashes with lawless elements, his father said. He was assigned to the 7th Marine Battalion.
The Ilonggo marine has been serving the country for 13 years.
Simeon Sr. and the family are still waiting for the arrival of the remains of Sgt. Plares.