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ABS-CBN reporter Chiara Zambrano sheds light on viral “love story” with fallen soldier

  • ABS-CBN news reporter Chiara Zambrano’s heartbreaking story of her brief yet memorable encounter with a  Marines soldier  became viral on social media.
  • Several news sites twisted the story and claimed that Zambrano had a short-lived romance with the soldier.
  • Zambrano took to social media to emphasize that the soldier was just joking with her to make his comrades laugh prior to their battle with the Maute group.

MANILA, Philippines – After malicious reports linking ABS-CBN reporter Chiara Zambrano with a fallen soldier assigned in Marawi City circulated on social media, the journalist has decided to shed light on the issue.

On June 2, Zambrano shared the heartbreaking story of her brief yet memorable encounter with a  Marines soldier who jokingly told her that he would court her upon his return from the ongoing war in Marawi City.

“Pagbalik ko, liligawan kita.”

Mahina lang ang pagkasabi niya, halatang biro lang para patawanin ang mga katabi niyang tropa. Eh kaso tumalbog yung tunog papunta sa’kin sa kabilang kalsada.

“Narinig ko yon,” sabi ko. Nagtawanan sila. Si Tap di malaman kung saan magtatago at hiyang hiya.

“Bumalik ka muna nang buhay, saka tayo mag-usap,” ang huli kong sinigaw. Kumaway siya nang nakangisi, sabay andar na ng truck papunta sa Mapandi Bridge.

Sadly, TSG Aldrin ‘Tap’ Dinglasan of Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) wasn’t able to come back alive.

Hindi na nakabalik si Tsg Dinglasan nang buhay noong araw na iyon. Siya ang kaisa-isang Marine na pumanaw noong araw na binawi ng Marines ang Mapandi Bridge mula sa kamay ng mga terorista. Ang buddy niya, iyang nakangiti sa tabi niya, ay nasugatan din.

Salamat sa serbisyo, Tap. Natuwa naman ako na kahit paano, lumusob ka sa laban nang nakatawa.

Zambrano’s post quickly made the rounds on social media garnering more than 121,000 reactions and over 25,000 shares.

PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Chiara Zambrano

Putting words in her mouth

Shortly after Zambrano’s narrative became trending on social media, a number of news sites picked up her story and claimed that the journalist had a short-lived romance with the fallen soldier.

Zambrano once again took to social media to clarify the issue and emphasize that Dinglasan was just joking with her to make his comrades laugh prior to their battle with the Maute group.

“Ang post ay simpleng kwento lang ng isang mabilisang engkwentro sa isang mapagbirong sundalo. Sa mga hindi po nakaintindi, uulitin ko po: joke lang ang hirit ni Tsg Dinglasan, para mapatawa ang kanyang mga kasama. Joke lang din ang sagot ko, para mapatawa silang lahat,” Zambrano clarified.

“Ano ba itong mga ‘love story’ daw yung nangyari? Please lang, walang ganun. Sa gitna ng digmaan, malaking bagay na nagkakaroon ka ng oportunidad na tumawa. Yun lang ang nangyari doon, at ang punto ko ay isang karangalan na isa ako sa nakapagpatawa sa kanya bago siya pumanaw,” she added.


PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Chiara Zambrano

Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

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