President Rodrigo Duterte on September 11 paid his last respects to another fallen soldier, Captain Rommel Sandoval, whose remains was about to be transported to Manila from Cagayan de Oro City.
Captain Sandoval was the Company Commander of the 11th Scout Ranger Company.
He was shot as he was trying to rescue one of his men while they were conducting an operation to clear a multiple-storey building in the battle area.
Sandoval led one of the companies of the Army elite unit that has been among the primary forces deployed to the war.
He celebrated his birthday inside the battle zone back in July.
Sandoval belonged to the Philippine Military Academy Class of 2005.