Slain Sulu soldiers laid to rest

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2016 03:54 PM | Updated as of Sep 10 2016 05:16 PM

Sgt. Rogelio Vincoy Jr., who was killed in an encounter with the Abu Sayyaf Group in August, is laid to rest in Lanao del Norte. Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

SULU - Three of the 15 soldiers killed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in an encounter in Patikul town last month were laid to rest Saturday morning.

READ: 15 soldiers killed in Sulu clash with Abu Sayyaf

Sergeant Rogelio Vincoy Jr. was interred in Lanao del Norte with full military honors. He is survived by his two-year old daughter, and his wife Jonalyn, who is four months pregnant.

Family and friends of Sgt. Rogelio Vincoy Jr. pay their respects to the slain soldier. Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

His elder brother Joseph, who is also an army soldier, said the government should remain tough in its stance against the Abu Sayyaf. 

While the military observe the rules of war, the ASG are ruthless in treating their captives, Vincoy's sibling said.

The remains of 2Lt. Ernan Gusto were brought to St. Philomene Church for his necrological services. Isagani Temporal, ABS-CBN News

Private First Class Roselito Arnoco, meanwhile, was buried in Zamboanga del Sur.

Second Lieutenant Ernan Gusto was laid to rest in Alcala, Cagayan.

"It is hard to accept, but we have no choice because we took an oath to protect our motherland," Gusto's brother PO3 Junar Gusto said.

READ: Duterte: Abu Sayyaf lost my respect

In August, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the armed forces to "destroy" the terrorist group, which is behind the beheading of several hostages in Mindanao.

The group also took responsibility for an explosion in a Davao City night market on September 2, which claimed 14 lives and wounded at least 60.

With reports from Harris Julio and Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News