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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Priest to families of slain SAF officers: Keep calm, pursue path of justice

By Gideon C. Corgue

DUMALINAO, Zamboanga del Sur – Rev. Fr. Nestor Remasog appealed to the public to keep calm, humbly pursue the path of justice and work for peace.
In a requiem mass offered for the slain special Action Force (SAF) members PSI Garry Erana and PI Rennie Tayrus on Friday afternoon at the grounds of the municipal hall here, Fr. Remasog in his homily said “crying for justice is crucial for the families of the slain victims but [let us not] forget our Christian faith.”
Mayor Ace William Cerilles together with municipal officials and employees, barangay officials, teachers, students, religious leaders and others attended the mass. They wore black T-shirts, brought flowers and lighted candles as a show of sympathy to the victims’ families.
Fr. Remasog, a native of this town: “If we work for justice, we will also work for peace because peace and justice are two inseparable concepts, and are two of the most cherished aspirations of humankind.”
“If we do not know how to control our anger and will take revenge on the perpetrators, it will be another reason for war,” Remasog added.
The priest hoped that the incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, which killed at least 44 SAF members would not derail “our pursuit of peace especially the ongoing peace process between the Philippine Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).”
He also encouraged the public to show “our life of faith as Christians to shine brightly despite the crisis that we are facing today.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Ace William Cerilles said the death of our police officers –Erana and Tayrus – “is a great loss to our country” adding “our people here regarded these bright and humble fallen officers as our future police officers; Erana could have been our future general.” 
Cerilles expressed his hope that President Benigno Simeon Aquino III would take immediate and necessary actions on the problem.
“I hope that President PNoy will help the family of our fallen heroes to attain  justice,” Cerilles said referring to conduct of investigation of the liability of the officers who led the SAF operation and the criminal liability of perpetrators.