Slain SAF men are heroes regardless where they are buried—Palace
MANILA, Philippines— The 44 fallen heroes of the Special Actions Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF) in the latest Maguindanao bloodbath remain heroes whether buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or not.
“Saan man sila mahimlay, sila po ay mga tunay na bayani ng lahing Pilipino,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said Saturday on state-run dzRB in reaction to calls for the slain SAF men to be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery.
(Regardless where they are buried, they will remain as true Filipino heroes.)
Coloma said that the kin of the 44 slain SAF commandos decided to bring home the remains of their loved ones in their provinces.
He added that the policemen’s relatives did not bring the issue to the President during their meeting at Camp Bagong Diwa.
The Palace official said it would be an inconvenience for the families of the victims who live outside Metro Manila to visit their fallen loved ones at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig.
On Friday during the National Day of Mourning, Aquino commiserated with each of the victims’ families for 13 hours during and after the necrological services held at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
During their meeting, Coloma said Aquino listened to the demands of the kin of the fallen policemen while the President vowed to give justice to their loved ones.
He said the government assured the bereaved families of the support they needed from the government.
“Nagkaroon ng unawaan ang mga pamilya at ang Pangulo hinggil sa pangangailangan na maging matatag sila para mabigyan ng buong kahulugan ang kabayanihan ng kanilang mga anak, asawa, o kapatid,” he said.
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