The ongoing conflict between government troops and the Maute Terrorist Group in Marawi City has taken numerous lives since it began. Everyone is affected by the continuing bloodshed. The family members and friends left behind by the casualties of war experience an inexplicable amount of grief. At such a young age, 11-month-old PJ has yet to comprehend the tragedy that befell his father.
PJ is the son of Sgt. Jobert Cofino, 28, one of the 13 valiant soldiers who fought against and lost their lives to the Maute terrorists on June 9. In the following video, PJ was seen tapping the glass of his father’s coffin as if it was a big tablet screen. This was no tragic coincidence.
“PJ learned to say ‘Papa’ because my husband, when he was still alive, made regular calls, and most of the time video calls, for PJ,” said Pronielyn, Cofino’s common-law wife.
Watch the heartbreaking video right here:
She also recalled the times when they would get updates about the 37th Marine Company, of which Sgt. Cofino was part of, and how they were always scared of what the announcements would say. Unfortunately, the worst has come to pass and they now have to continue to live their lives without a husband and father by their side.
Pronielyn narrated that her late husband called PJ the day before he passed away. She added that he also called Aida, his mother. Aida said:
“He told me to take care of his son and Pronielyn no matter what happens. I promised him that I will. He said he missed his family so much.”
The sergeant’s tragic death is definitely a huge blow to his family because he was their breadwinner. PJ’s grandfather also said that it was Cofino’s dream to be a marine and everyone in their community knew it.
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