Beheaded Marawi soldier laid to rest in Zamboanga del Sur

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Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur (CNN Philippines, October 26) — The war may be over, but the family of a beheaded Marawi soldier still mourns the killing of the fallen hero.

Corporal Nestie Tecson, a Zamboanga del Sur native and a member of Scout Ranger Class 200, was among the frontliners who were killed in the fighting against the ISIS-inspired terror group Maute.

Tecson was among the troops trapped and cornered by Maute fighters, who eventually mutilated and beheaded him.

The soldier went missing on October 14. His headless body was recovered on October 22 and brought home on October 24.

Tecson, who has a seven-month old son, was given military honors during his interment on Thursday.

2Lt. Nestor Tecson, older brother of the slain soldier, said he blames himself for convincing Nestie to join the ranks.

"Matatanggap naming ang pagkamatay niya pero yung papano siya brutal na pinatay ng mga Maute, di katanggap-tanggap para sa amin," his brother said.

[Translation: We can accept his death, but his brutal killing by the Maute is unacceptable.]

Diana Figuracion, Nestie Tecson's partner, said she is grieving Nestie's death as they also missed their planned wedding.

The Marawi crisis began on May 23, when members of the Maute group attacked the city, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.

Intense firefights and airstrikes lasted for five months, resulting in the death of 163 government troopers and 47 civilians.