Kin of fallen SAF troops not eyeing hero’s burial

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Final send off Members of the Philippine national Police follow a van carrying one of their fallen comrades until the gates of camp bagong diwa. the remains of the commandos have been taken by their families to their hometowns where they will be buried. PhoTo By Ruy L. MARTinez

Final send off
Members of the Philippine national Police follow a van carrying one of their fallen comrades until the gates of camp bagong diwa. the remains of the commandos have been taken by their families to their hometowns where they will be buried. PhoTo By Ruy L. MARTinez

The families of the fallen Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who perished in Mamasapano, Maguindanao are not seeking to bury their loved ones at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office issued the statement over Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday in response to an idea pitched by Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez who proposed a hero’s burial for the elite SAF men who died in the performance of their duty.

“I was there when the President [Benigno Aquino 3rd] was holding a dialogue with the bereaved family members and that issue [hero’s burial] was not discussed because they have their own burial plans for their loved ones,” Coloma said.

Romualdez earlier said that the 44 SAF commandos killed in Maguindanao definitely have their own place at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.


“They deserve to be buried at our heroes’ cemetery. While the burial site is the final resting place of military personnel, President Aquino, Congress and the secretary of the Department of National Defense can authorize the burial of policemen there,” Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association, said.

Coloma agreed with Romualdez that the 44 SAF commandos died as heroes. But he explained that their family members have their own burial plans that need to be respected.

The grieving families, according to Coloma, are preparing to bury their dead in their respective hometowns to give relatives and friends a chance to pay them a visit anytime they want.

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  1. Jaime Hernandez on

    It’s more important to arrest the thugs who committed barbaric desecration of the dead SAF. They must be accountable & pay for the crimes committed.

  2. There are many things the families need. The first is justice and the second is the truth. First peace and order must be restored. No more killing of police or any citizen by private armies or terrorists. Bring the killers to justice and show law and order are being restored. Second disband all private armies and disarm all. Third outlaw and destroy all weapons larger than pistols not in the hands of the AFP or PNP. Fourth create a truth commission headed by Joker Arroyo, and eight immediate family members of the deceased 44. The eight can be selected by the surviving widows. Authorize a budget of the entire presidential discretionary funds for the commission. The commission must be empowered to subpena, jail, and/or remove any government elected or appointed official, from office for 10 years. This will bring out the truth and re-establish law and order.

  3. coloma, even his empty-headed prez, was lying thru his teeth. these saf are heroes who deserve to be given honorable burial. i believe their family would be comforted and compensated if they see their loved ones given this high honor notwithstanding the financial assistance they will receive.