Wednesday, August 27, 2008

‘Man of mercy’ lost life - saving others

A hero.

Air Force Maj. Manuel Zambrano was known as the “man of mercy” who flew food and medicine to typhoon victims in Eastern Samar and evacuated Filipinos from war-torn Iraq, and he died ferrying troops to the front in Mindanao.

Zambrano devoted most of his time to search and relief operations during calamities, the last of which was in Eastern, Central and Western Visayas in the aftermath of typhoon “Frank” and the sinking of the Princess of the Stars off Romblon.

People trapped in floods in Borongan, Eastern Samar clapped their hands when Zambrano successfully landed a C-130 aircraft loaded with food and medicine on an unpaved airstrip five months ago.

The 39-year-old seasoned military pilot also had to fly a C-130 thousands of kilometers into a war zone to rescue Filipino workers after the US invaded Iraq.

Zambrano also ferried Filipino doctors to help typhoon victims in Myanmar.

He flew medicine and a medical team to help tsunami victims in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

“He died so that others may live”.

Last Monday, Zambrano was piloting a C-130 from Davao International Airport when it burst into flames and crashed shortly after takeoff.

The Filipino people salute you.