Close  

Aquino meets with kin of slain SAF men; not everyone welcoming

/ 11:36 AM January 30, 2015
Aquino Necrological services SAF 44 2

President Benigno Aquino III prays for the SAF 44 as he approaches each coffin. PHOTO by KRISTINE SABILLO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines–President Benigno Aquino III on Friday personally commiserated with the relatives of the elite cops killed in Mamasapano.

Attending the necrological services for 42 of the 44 slain Special Action Force (SAF) members, Aquino approached each coffin and gave medals of valor (“Medalya ng Katapangan”) to the family members.

ADVERTISEMENT

He also paused to pray for the cops.

As he was giving out the medals, one woman seemed to snub the President who then gave the medal to another relative.

FEATURED STORIES

Afterwards, Aquino met with the families in private inside a holding room. Five minutes was allotted for each family.

READ: #SAF44 memorial page; What really happened according to MILF, AFP, etc.

Aquino attended the memorial services a day after he received flak for being absent at the arrival honors held in Villamor Airbase.

The policemen were among those who were killed in a supposed “misencounter” with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Aquino on Wednesday night gave a public address, tackling the controversial issue. He blamed the SAF head for not coordinating with the military. He also declared Friday as the National Day of Mourning.

RELATED STORIES

Aquino arrives at necrological services for slain SAF 44

ADVERTISEMENT

Kris Aquino condoles with kin of slain SAF men: ‘I know what they’re going through’

MILF insists on 64 bodies found including guides, informants, militiamen

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Benigno Aquino III, commiserate, Fallen 44, Maguindanao clash, Mamasapano, necrological services, SAF, SAF 44, Special Action Force
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.