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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PNPAAI-Zambo. Norte prexy believes justice be given to 44 SAF victims

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – Police Chief Inspector Rolando H. Barraquio, president of the Philippine National Police Alumni Association, Inc. (PNPAAI)- Zamboanga del Norte Chapter and a former PNP Special Action Force (SAF) member believed that justice could still be served to the 44 SAF commandos killed in an encounter with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

“Here in Zamboanga del Norte, we believe in due process. We know that under the leadership now of Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina, he can help give justice to the death of our comrades,” Barraquio said in an interview.

“We have faith in him that he is with us in this fight for justice to the 44 SAF fallen heroes,” he added.

According to him, those PNP-SAF members who joined the “operation wolverine” to arrest the two international terrorists, Abdul Basit Usman and Zulkifli bin Hir alias “Marwan,” were “the best for that very important mission.”

He disclosed that before one can be a member of SAF, he must undergo rigid trainings and test missions in order to be fully equipped and skilled in dealing with armed enemies.

Moreover, he explained that in special operation, they faithfully observe the “operational secrecy” as they called it.

“In special operation like in Mamasapano, we never disclose it to anyone even to our families and to other people. It shall only be between and among us in order not to compromise our operation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Barraquio led the sympathy walk for the 44 fallen heroes with all members of Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office (ZNPPO), Dipolog police, PNP-SWAT, SOCO, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) as well as some members of 101st Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army.

They marched silently from Sta. Cruz to Dipolog City Cathedral where they lighted candles and heard mass for their comrades.

The badges of the members of Dipolog police were taped with black color in grief for the fallen SAF commandos.