• Three widows from Marawi were among the hundreds of newly-rank soldiers in the country
  • They joined the Philippine Army through a special enlistment
  • They also underwent a four-month training

Three widows of fallen heroes in the Marawi seige in 2017 joined the military to follow their late husbands’ footsteps.

Image of Team Tabak via Facebook

Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga; Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador; and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero, according to a report, voluntarily entered the military through a special enlistment.

The widows-turned-soldiers lost their respective husbands during the siege between government troops and the Maute Group in the province in August 2017.

They were among the 649 newly-ranked Privates of the 1st and 11th Infantry Divisions, and 55th Engineering Brigade in a ceremony last October 23.

According to a report, the women underwent a four-month candidate soldier course conducted by the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division. The report said the widows-turned-soldiers were emotional after attending the ceremony as they admitted that have yet to move on from losing their partners. They said they joined the military to continue their husbands’ work and service for the country.

Image of Team Tabak via Facebook

A photo of the three women clad in military uniforms, standing side by side, was posted on October 23 on Facebook, where a lot of people extended their support for them.

“This is what courage and patriotism is all about. Congratulations to the three of you. We are so proud,” a Facebook user said on the comment section.

“Continuing the legacy of their husbands, the AFP are proud of you. My snappy salute to you, brave lady warri0rs!” another one said.