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Manuel V. Pangilinan and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (seventh and eighth from right, respectively) pose with some of the top executives of the donor companies and the Savellano family (seated) representing the families of the fallen soldiers. The Cabinet spouses posing with them are (standing 10th from left) Marissa Aguirre, Edith Lorenzana, Betty Medialdea, and Kristine Dino. Not in photo is Marisol Tugade.

MVP Group of Companies reaches out to families of Marawi’s fallen soldiers

Business leader Manuel V. Pangilinan, also known by his initials MVP, recently led the turnover of financial assistance to the families of the fallen soldiers and police officers of the Marawi City siege that began in May.

In coordination with the Duterte Cabinet Spouses Association, companies headed by Pangilinan—the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Smart Communications through the PLDT-Smart Foundation; Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), through its One Meralco Foundation; Philex Mining Corp.; and Metro Pacific Investments—joined together to pool enough resources and funds to extend their help to the families.

“It’s good that they have this kind of assistance for the families in Marawi. Nagulat kami (We were surprised), because MVP is involved in this kind of project to help us and maybe to ease our pain. We appreciate the MVP Group’s gesture, and it is a big help for all of us,” said Mercy Savellano, the mother of fallen Marine 1st Lt. John Frederick Savellano.

The 29-year old Savellano led his platoon of 13 Marines in a firefight with the Maute Group in Marawi. He and his troops recovered P79 million worth of cash and checks from the terrorist group.

“He was a good son and a good person. John, when you describe him, was a principled man. He was very honest and he had integrity. And we are really proud of him,” Mercy said.

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