Bodies of slain Marines arrive in Manila

(CNN Philippines, June 12) — The bodies of eight Marines killed by terrorists in Marawi arrived in Manila on Sunday.

President Rodrigo Duterte, coming from a visit to wounded troops in Cagayan de Oro, arrived to pay his respects to the Marines and meet their families at the Villamor Airbase grandstand.

The Marines were among the 13 killed during an intense 14-hour clash with Maute fighters in Brgy. Lilod Madaya.

The bodies of two other Marines arrived in Manila earlier on Saturday, while three were left in Mindanao where they will be buried.

Among those killed in the Marawi clash was 1st Lt. Frederick Savellano, a platoon commander of the team that recovered the ₱52 million in cash and ₱27 million worth of checks in a house defended by Maute fighters.

Even with their loss, grieving family members said Savellano was a sacrifice in the name of freedom for others.

"We are very happy, we're proud, kahit namatayan kami [even if we've lost a loved one]. We are still very proud that we have donated someone to serve the country and die for it. So we're very happy," said Freddy, Savellano's father.

"Painful talaga. Kaya lang talaga yung...pero yung iniwan nyang ano...legacy na iniwan nya (It's really painful. But the.. the legacy he left). We are proud of him! All of us," his mother, Mercy added.

The 10 Marines were given full military honors.

If their families agree, they will also be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery).

On Sunday, Malacañang issued a statement expressing its deep sadness over the news of the troops' deaths.

"The Palace is deeply saddened by the news on the 13 Marines killed in action during a firefight in Marawi City.  They fought gallantly for the liberation of our Maranao brothers and sisters," according to the statement.

"This incident, albeit unfortunate, gives us greater impetus to clear Marawi of lawless elements, save the trapped civilians, and restore order, security and normalcy to the city and its residents," the statement read.