MANILA, Philippines – Another fallen hero, another heartbreaking story.
It has been more than two weeks since the violence in Marawi City erupted. More than a hundred were killed including dozens of civilians and at least 38 soldiers.
Private First Class (PFC) Dhan Ryan Bayot, 24, was one of those who died early in the ensuing gun battle. He was killed on May 24, the second day of the Marawi siege.
But it was only lately that his own story of gallantry amid adversity had been shared on social media.
According to the Facebook page Sa Ngalan ng Gobyerno, Bayot was dispatched to a detachment at Barangay Lilod along with 8 other soldiers from the 51st Infantry Battalion. They were supposedly sent there upon the request of the mayor whose house was in close proximity of the area.
They were immediately attacked by enemies; with the volley of fire coming from all sides, including the mayor’s house. It is assumed either the mayor’s residence had been taken over, or his bodyguards may have taken the sides of the terrorists.
Five of Bayot’s companions were killed soon after, and three, for some reason managed to escape, leaving him alone to defend himself.
He called for assistance but was told the reinforcement could not get through the enemies’ blockade.
“This time, sensing that death was more imminent than being rescued, he then gave his coordinates, and requested his commander to bomb his location so the enemies surrounding him will get hit too,” the post read.
“Bombahin na lang ninyo ang location ko Sir!,”[Just bomb my location Sir!]” were the last words they’ve heard from him.
His body was later retrieved by a team that also included his own father, Sgt. Larry Bayot of the Division Reconnaissance Company of the 1st Infantry Division.
According to the elder Bayot, his son suffered no fatal wound, but his face was badly deformed, with a deep bolo cut around his neck. The terrorist may have tried to behead the fallen soldier after they jumped on him when he ran out of ammos.
President Rodrigo Duterte awarded the family with a posthumous medal, P250,000 financial assistance plus a pledge to fund the education of any younger surviving kin.