AFP mourns fallen police commandos

5

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has placed all its camps and military installations in a state of mourning to show sympathy and solidarity with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the bereaved families of 44 policemen killed in an encounter with the combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao province on Sunday.

Advertisements

AFP chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. on Tuesday directed the commanders of all the camps and installations to lower the Philippine flag at half-mast for five days.

“We mourn the loss of these brave policemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for our country. They fought heroically and they have not died in vain,” Catapang said.

Malacanang said President Benigno Aquino 3rd is considering declaring a “National Day of Mourning” for the slain policemen.

In a text message, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino “has instructed the DILG [Department of Interior and Local Government] and the PNP to study all options to honor the fallen heroes of the Mamapasano Incident.”

Mamapasano is the town in Maguindanao where the clash took place.

Lacierda’s statement came amid some lawmakers’ call to declare a “National Day of Mourning” for the slain police officers.

Aquino will deliver a message on the incident at 6:30 p.m. today. The remains of 44 police commandos killed in the deadly firefight are now in the custody of the military in southern Philippines.

“A total of 44 bodies (of slain SAF members) are now at the 6th Infantry Division,” Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, an Army spokesperson, told The Manila Times by phone from Maguindanao.

The MILF reported that 64 members of the PNP Special Action Force pursuing terrorist Basit Usman and Jemaah Islamiya bomber Zulkifli bin Hir were killed in the weekend battle after the commandos raided the remote village of Tukanalipao in Mamasapano town where their targets were reportedly hiding.

The area, it turned out, is the MILF’s 105th Base Command.

The PNP, however, maintained that only 44 SAF commandos were killed in the fighting.

Nearly a battalion of police commandos was involved in the pre-dawn operation.
Mamasapano Mayor Tahirodin Benzar Ampatuan said he was not informed by the police about the SAF operation.

Share.
loading...
Loading...

Please follow our commenting guidelines.

5 Comments

  1. Vicente Penetrante on

    Only soldiers up to unit commanders can be questioned in the military. Higher ups reaching the Commander-in-Chief are ‘more popish than the Pope.’

  2. P-NOY,Mar Roxas and Gen.Espina doesnt even condemn the barbaric act of the MILF in massacreing of the SAF units because to them the BBL is more important than the lives of the SAF police.11 to 12 hour firefight and they didnt even got rescued.

  3. Tha ARMY didnt go to rescue the ambush SAF units because somebody ordered them not to because the BBL is more important than the lives of the SAF units.

  4. Mourning is useless… when on that fateful day, the AFP nearby just listened to the SAF request for reinforcement. You were so coward to break the peace process, while MILF is freely violating it and your brothers in arms are being massacred.

    • Sisihin si Ferrer at Deles. Dahil sa kanila, na brainwash sina Catapang, Gazmin, Army colonels and generals. Tumatawag na,humihingi ng saklolo ang isang-grupo ng gobyerno-Pilipinas forces, sabi ni Ferrer at Deles… kung hindi pumayag ang MILF, huwag tutulungan ang kanilang ka-kapuwa. Si Ferrer at Deles, may kasalanan sa ubud-laking pagkakamali na ito.