‘Please, sir President, please help us’

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BEYOND GRIEF Anastasia Capinding, mother of Police Officer 1 Loreto G. Capinding, one of 44  Special Action Force commandos killed in last week’s clash with Muslim rebels, is comforted by her husband and relatives at her son’s wake at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Friday.

BEYOND GRIEF Anastasia Capinding, mother of Police Officer 1 Loreto G. Capinding, one of 44 Special Action Force commandos killed in last week’s clash with Muslim rebels, is comforted by her husband and relatives at her son’s wake at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Friday.

SAF man’s widow begs Aquino for justice for husband, comrades

 

“To our President, we seek your help to attain justice. Please, sir President. Please help us.”

This was the tearful plea of Erica Pabalinas, wife of slain Senior Insp. Ryan Pabalinas, to President Benigno Aquino 3rd during the necrological rites in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City (Metro Manila) on Friday.

“Slowly, I accept that my husband can’t be with us anymore,” Erica said, adding that she consoles herself with the thought that her husband “died a hero.”


But, she added, “All I ask now is justice. Not only for my husband [who]was brutally killed but for everyone who fought and fell.”

The 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos were killed by separatist  rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and its breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters  during an operation to hunt down “high-value targets” and  terror suspects Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Basit Usman.

The widow asked the public not to put in their mind that her husband and the other  SAF commandos joined the operation “because of the tag price on top of the heads of the lawless elements.”

“Because if [the police officers did so]just for that, we could have been richer.

Because I know for a fact that my husband has been through  the same situation a lot [of times],” she said.

Erica, who hails from Isabela, Basilan, recalled that on the day her husband  left their house for the last time, she and their daughter asked him not to go to the Mamasapano (Maguindanao) operation.

Their daughter, she said, worried that her “Daddy” might end up being caught by the “bad guys.”

But, to her pleas, according to Erica, “He replied,  “Mommy, ayan ka na naman. hindi mo na naman naiintindihan [Mommy, there you go again, you still don’t understand],” and then bade them goodbye.

“It is a clear manifestation that my husband has put duty first before family. And I understand,” she said.

Meanwhile, Erica urged other widows to remain strong for the sake of their families.
“Behind every brave SAF trooper is a strong wife,” she said.

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  1. If there is really a $5-million reward for Marwan, it shouls be split among the families of the dead police, nothing for Purisima.

  2. The Philippine government must treat these terrorists the same way Israel treat those who wants to destroy them. IF it happened to Israel, Mindanao will be totally cleaned. Just one go signal to Philippine force, Mr. President, that’s the justice that the slain’s relatives are asking from you as COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF..

  3. Erica and all the fanily members deserve justice for their murdered men. I am with you in demanding that the government leave no stone unturned and every action taken to bring justice to the killers, for you and all of the Philippines.

  4. Dont expect P-NOY to help you he love the MILF he doesnt want to hurt MILF,thats why the SAF Police never got rescued after 11 hours firefight.

  5. They are heroes and deserved honorable burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani they ( sole breadwinner leaving their family with nothing) , died serving their country , therefore all the families must be compensated with severance pays and pensions including educational benefit for the rest of their life (the whole family).No if’s or buts,period.

  6. pnoy is the demon. get rid of him and his armies, milf, cpp-npa, and his cronies at congress and senate.

  7. A very good, soul-searching speech by Erica. But did PNoy understand what she said is a big question to answer.

  8. My family and I extend our warmest condolences to all families these police heroes left. Filipinos must unite and remain strong to fight injustice. All government officials must not limit their efforts to seek justice to show the country that you care. I dare the MILF hierarchy to maximally punish upon their investigation whoever is proven guilty of this atrocities. This is beyond inhumane.