Who is Lt. Marlon Bo aka Captain Bok

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) There was a hero who stood out in the 15 minutes of chaos as the Cebu Pacific airbus overshot the runway at the Davao International Airport and landed on its nose.

Amid the panic cries, Captain Bok stood up, took control and calmed everyone down.

In a text message to defense reporters, Philippine Navy commander of the Civil Military Operations Group Col. Edgard Arevalo said: “I got a word last night regarding the identity of said 'Captain Bok.'

He is Lt. Marlon Bo, a Navy reservist and graduate of Philippine Merchant Marine Academy in 2003.”

Many passengers followed Captain Bok during those minutes of panic, and many are thanking him. Even Cebu Pacific officials thanked Captain Bok for all his help.

According to passenger Nino Ruel Alinsub: “It took the courage of one person, whom we only know as Captain Bok from the Philippine Navy, to calm everyone down. He knew what he was doing and he was in control when even the cabin crew looked like they were really [at a loss] on what to do. Capt. Bok gave clear instructions for everyone to sit down, so that we can leave row by row [and] prevent the plane from tilting over. He was the clear definition of a 'guiding voice.'"

Lt. Marlon Bo aka Captain Bok
Photo credit to ABS-CBN

In an interview with reporters in Davao, Bo said: “Noong napakalma ko po sila…That's the moment I was able to give them further crisis instructions…[Everybody] nagmamadali dun sa exit, so I tried to give instructions dun sa dalawang stewards: We should first unload yung mga bata, mga babies, plus yung mga matatanda.”

The Philippine Navy is now formally documenting Bo’s heroic deeds. Honors will also be given to him.

"We are formally documenting his heroic deeds so the Navy, as Vice Adm. Jose Luis Alano the flag-officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy also desires, can honor the hero of that Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 971," said Arevalo.
"To Lt. Marlon Bo, Uwah! Hooyah! Mabuhay ka! We are proud of you," added Arevalo.

Uwah is the battle cry of the Philippine Marines, while Hooyah is the battle cry of the Philippine Navy.


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