ABS-CBN’s war drama “A Soldier’s Heart” debuted on primetime television Monday, introducing a family whose members end up on opposing ends of an armed conflict.
In the pilot episode of the RCD Narratives production, IT expert Alex (Gerald Anderson) volunteers to aid the military by lending his knowledge to track the online activities of a rebel group, following a terror attack in Butuan City.
Alex, however, gets caught in an ambush by rebel forces, coming face-to-face with the vengeful Saal (Sid Lucero). Unknown to them both, they are bound by blood.
As children, the brothers were separated amid a skirmish between the military and a terror group. Saal witnessed his father dying, and assumed that his younger brother had died, too, after being separated in the chaos.
Saal and his mother, Yasmin (Irma Adlawan), would go on believing they lost two members of their family that night. In fact, the young Alex was rescued by a military officer, Dante (Rommel Padilla), who would raise him as his own son, thinking he had been orphaned.
Consumed by rage and grief, the young Saal vowed revenge on those responsible for the loss of his father and brother. As an adult, he carries the same ill feelings toward the military, and takes every opportunity to reduce its ranks.
Witnessing deaths in the ambush carried out by Saal, a wounded Alex finds renewed fervor to join the military — with the mission to put an end to the terror organization, and by extension, his own brother.