The families of the 101 soldiers who bravely sacrificed their lives in the name of peace in Marawi conflict, received a total amount of P1.25 million as the Malaca?ang turned over the financial assistance that entrepreneurs, including president and CEO Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction Corp. together with other Go Negosyo Kapatid business leaders have generously donated.

Go Negosyo?founder and Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said on his speech that “the events that have transpired in Marawi over the past weeks are truly heartbreaking. Many of our brave soldiers have laid down their lives in order to bring safety and peace amid the violence and struggle.”

“We want to honor these courageous souls by showing that their fellow countrymen – from the government to the business sector – have not forgotten about their ultimate sacrifice…their loved ones who miss them dearly,” Concepcion added.

He said the private sector is committed to help the beneficiaries, not only by providing them with financial assistance, but also by guiding them in creating their livelihood.

Other groups that provided assistance to the bereaved families were Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Tessie Sy-Coson (BDO, SM Group), Josephine Gotianun Yap (Filinvest), Jaime Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corporation), Manny Pangilinan (PLDT SMART Foundation), DU30 Cabinet Spouses Association, Alfred Ty (Metrobank Foundation), Jean Henri Lhuillier (Cebuana Lhuillier), Mildred Vitangcol (St. Peter’s Chapel), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction & Development Corporation), Federico Lopez (First Philippine Holdings), Michael Tan (Asia Brewery & Philippine Airlines), Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee Foods Corporation), Injap Sia (Double Dragon Properties), Joey Concepcion (RFM Corporation), Jojo Concepcion (Concepcion Industries), William Belo (Wilcon Depot), Dennis Uy (Chelsea Logistics), Santi Araneta (LBC), and Sabin Aboitiz (Aboitiz Corporation) and many other Go Negosyo Kapatids.

President Duterte, former president Gloria Arroyo, Cabinet officials and military and police officials witnessed the turnover ceremony at Malaca?ang.

PRRD delivered his speech with gratitude to the donors “for extending the much needed support for the families of our fallen AFP and PNP troops.”

“My heart bleeds every time I read briefers and count the number of soldiers who died. I am the one suffering because I was the one who declared martial law and ordered our soldiers to go there to die,” he added and vowed to set up a P50-billion trust fund for the education of the children of soldiers.