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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fallen police officer offers life forpeace in the country

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – Deep sadness gripped the family, relatives and friendsof Police Inspector RennieTayrus, one of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) slain in an encounter with the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) lastJan. 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Tayrus, 28,well-trained commando, lost his lifein that most tragic incident in the annals of Philippine history.
In a eulogy delivered by Tayrus’ eldest sister, Marilyn Tayrus-Sarcena, during the necrological service last Thursdayat the Church of Christ in Barangay Sto. Nino here, she said the whole family and relatives are grieving over the brutal killing of Rennie and the other 43 SAF members involved in the operation against Julkipli bin Hir alias “Marwan,” a Malaysian terrorist.
“It is very difficult for us to accept this unfortunate incident of our brother ‘Ren-Ren’ who gave his life for the sake of our country,” said Sarcenain between sobs.
A hero
Marilyn said“Rennie is a hero because just like his 43 comrades, he fought and died for the sake of our beloved country.”
Indeed, he lived up to the motto of PNPA class 2011: “Sacrifice yourself so that others may live.”
Marilyn said we are proud that “we have brother who offered his life for our nation but what we mourned and grieved overhis death was he is too young to die.”
A brother, second father
Marilyn said Rennie was not only a brother but also a second father to the family. “When our father Cresencio died in 2010, he acted as our second father,” she said.
“He wasever responsive, eager to extend a hand and provide safety to our family,” she added.
Loving and caring person
“When he is far away especiallyon missions, he would always call and text us just to check if we’reall okay,” Marilyn recounted.
Marilyn said “when ourfather was sick and bedridden, Renniewas hoping for his quick recovery, as he would like to him to Manila to witness his graduation in March 2011.”
“Papa nanghinaut ko sa madalionngapagrecoverkay kuyugonkanako sa Manila. Bisanug bedridden kaakokangpasakyonugeroplanoaronmosaksisaakong graduation sa Philippine National Police Academy sa Marso 2011,”Marilyn said quoting Rennie as saying.
(Father, I am hoping for your quick recovery because I will let you go with me in Manila. Even if you are bedridden, I will let you ridean airplane to witness my graduation at the Philippine National Police Academy in March 2011).
His father replied, “Dili komosakayugeroplano kay kung mahagsakiniangakongpatay’nglawasdilinamakitaninyo. Sa barkolang ko mosakay."
(I will not ride the plane because if it crashesyou cannot find my dead body. I would prefer to ride a boat.)
Unfortunately, his father died in November 2010, barely five months before his graduation.
“His hard work, dedication to his studies and success were alldedicated to our beloved father,” Marilyn narrated.
Friend and idol

Rennie wasan idol and friend to his nephews and nieces. He would always find time to go with them.
“During Christmas last year, he brought them to the city oval in Pagadianfor a carnival ride. He spent enough time just to make them happy. Little did we know that it was the last time for their bonding,” Marilyn cried.
As a gesture of love to their uncle, the 6-year old Francis RanierBalate, his nephew rendered a sentimental song, a Tagalog version of “Dance with my Father,” which he personally composed. He sang it while crying.

Responsible, service-oriented and down-to-earth

Marilyn said “wheneverRennieis home, he used to wear a T-shirt and short pant like an ordinary farmer. We thought he just came from our farm.”
She also recalled that even if his younger brother was attending a social gathering, when there’s an urgent call from his superior, he would immediately leave and ride a single motorcycle for Zamboanga City to go back to his barracks.
We don’t want him to join the Special Action Force (SAF) unit of the PNP because of the risks involved but he insisted for he wished to be one.
When we asked him why, he said: “Wherever we go and whatever we do, we will die according to the plan of God. There is nothing to be afraid of.”
Dedicated and devoted
When he joined the SAF, very seldom we have himin our family.
“I told our mother not to be worried. Instead she should accept the reality that we no longer owned Rennie’s time. Ninety percent of his time is devoted to his work, 9 percent to his family, and 1 percentto his lovelife,” Marilyn recalled.
No girlfriend
Marilyn said Rennie has not yet met the right woman in his life. When I confronted and suggested him to get marry because he had already a stable job, he quickly replied: “Marriage is not a competition. It rather needs a thorough preparation.”
As the dead body of Rennie was finally laid to rest at the Pagadian City cemetery, the bereaved family is still crying for justice to the fallen police officers.