- The family of one of the soldiers who perished in the C-130 crash in Patikul, Sulu revealed their kin was still able to make one final video call before the plane took off
- His sister revealed her brother, who was a Private in the Philippine Army, always apprised them of his situation
- She said her brother told them he would call again as soon as he arrives in Sulu
- His family did not expect it was going to be their last conversation with the fallen soldier
The family of one of the Army soldiers who perished in the tragic crash of the C-130 Hercules plane revealed they were able to have one final video call with his family back in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
According to the family of Army Private Archie Barba, they did not expect that was going to be their last conversation with him.
Army Private Barba’s sister, Christine, said her brother would always update them about his situation while undergoing training in the Philippine Army for 7 months.
Private Barba and his family bid each other goodbye as the plane was about to take off but he promised to call them again once their plane lands in Jolo.
“Sabi niya kapag makarating na siya sa Jolo, tatawag siya sa amin,” Christine said.
Late into the day, friends sent them reports and social media posts about an Air Force C-130 plane crashing in Jolo.
The Barba family, at first, went into the denial stage but when an official told them about the tragic news and said that Archie was among the fatalities, they accepted his fate, though with a heavy heart.
“Sobrang sakit at sayang na nawala siya sa amin ng bigla,” Marilyn Barba, his mother told ABS-CBN News.
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Archie’s family said he’s very kind and polite. They also revealed he has lots of dreams in life.
“Noong nasa training pa siya, sabi niya, tutuparin ko talaga 'yung pangarap ni Mama at Papa. Bibillhan ko ng sasakyan si Papa para hindi na siya magtrabaho, mag-negosyo na lang daw. Tapos ang bahay namin, ipapaayos niya. Tapos siya daw magpapaaral sa anak ko,” Archie’s sister Christine, said.
The Philippine Air Force C-130 plane that took off from the Cagayan de Oro airport on Sunday crashed in Patikul, Sulu.
As of June 5, the total fatalities were 49 military personnel and 3 civilians on the ground. It was the worst air disaster in Philippine military history.
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The Philippine Air Force has a history with air assets figuring in various accidents, some resulting to injuries and damage to properties, though in some cases, resulting in the loss of lives. Most of those that figured in accidents in the past were mostly choppers, including the aging Huey helicopters. There are instances, though, that newer assets like the most recent one, a S-70i Black Hawk, which claimed the lives of all of the six military officers and personnel on board. Three decades ago, a similar C-130 plane crashed, claiming the lives of 30 people. The tragic crash of the C-130 Hercules last Sunday, is being regarded by Philippine military officials as the worst in the history of the Philippine Air Force.
Just last year, a newer Sikorsky helicopter, which is being used by the Philippine Air Force as an air ambulance also crashed in Basilan. This particular chopper is used to transport wounded soldiers from rescue camps to nearby hospitals. During this particular crash, a witness said that the chopper was heading directly into heavily populated areas but the pilots managed to swing the aircraft away before it crashed. Many saw the soldiers warning people on the ground and waving them off. All four military officers and personnel aboard the ambulance chopper perished.
Despite the dangers of being a soldier, many are still attracted to join the government forces. Recently, even celebrities have started joining the profession as a member of the reserve force. One of them is Arci Muñoz, who shared that she trained and graduated as a reservist of the Philippine Air Force.
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