Soldier killed in Marawi laid to rest in Zamboanga

Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 24 2017 04:19 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A soldier killed in firefights between government troops and terrorists in Marawi City was laid to rest Saturday.

Private First Class Albert Basilio was laid to rest at noon in a hero's burial in a private cemetery in Calarian, Zamboanga City.

He was honored with gun salute.

Basilio is one of the 69 security forces killed in the ongoing government offensive against the Maute terrorist group, which laid siege on Marawi on May 23. The group is known to be backed by other local and foreign fighters linked with the Islamic State. 

Basilio left behind his pregnant wife and two children.