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Acuña's duty as a frontliner takes him away from his family, but he's happy to serve the country in these trying times

by Niel Victor Masoy, April 25, 2020 7:56pm

Bacoor Strikers guard Eric Acuña is one of the valiant frontliners in the country's battle against the Corona Virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Acuña, a Private First, has been helping out the Philippine Army ever since the Philippine government implemented the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) last March 15.

Noble as his job is, being in the frontline takes Acuña away from his own family as he won't return home soon, which also meant he won't be around when his son Ezhekiel celebrates his birthday on May 12.

"Yung anak ko naman, nung ‘di na ako umuuwi, dun na siya nagtataka bakit daw ang tagal tagal ko umuwi," shared Acuña.

"Miss na miss na daw niya ako nasanay kasi yun dati na kahit duty ako, umuuwi rin ako sa kanila after,” he added.

Acuña's job isn't easy, but at least, he has a thoughtful wife in Jhana, who always reminds him to take care of himself through phone calls.

"Yung asawa ko lagi ako nun pinapaalalahanan na mag-ingat, ma- disinfect at laging uminom ng vitamins pati mag dasal parati,” said Acuña.

And while his job takes him away from his family, Acuña is more than happy to serve his country in these trying times. This is what he signed up for, after all.

"Masaya na nakakatulong kahit malayo sa pamilya kasi eto yung trabaho namin eh, pagsilbihan ang bayan at ayun yung sinumpaan namin kaya kahit anong crisis ang dumating handa kami para sa bayan,” said Acuña, who enlisted in the Philippine Army five years ago.

As a frontliner, Acuña encourages everyone to cooperate and follow the government's protocols like staying at home as much as possible. He also reminds everyone to pray to the Man above.

"Sa ganitong panahon, tayo-tayo ang dapat nagtutulungan, sumunod tayo sa kung anong sasabihin kasi para sa atin lahat ito. Lahat tayo gusto bumalik sa normal na buhay, ugaliin natin mag dasal at maniwala sa Diyos," he expressed.

"Stay at home, kaya natin ‘to!”

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