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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Zambo. Norte board members honor “Fallen 44”

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY – Zamboanga del Norte board members were one in expressing their sympathy to the bereaved family of Police Officer 3 Victoriano N. Acain Jr., one of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos killed in an encounter with the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

In deference to the fallen hero, the board members unanimously passed in last Monday’s session a resolution of condolence expressing their sympathy to grieving family.

Board Member Ruth Brilliantes of the province’s third district went emotional as she delivered her privilege speech and sponsored the said resolution.

Acain, who was supposed to celebrate his 32nd birthday last Monday, Feb. 2, was a resident of Gutalac town, one of the 13 municipalities of the third district. He was buried Wednesday at Lupok Memorial Park at Barangay Lupok, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte with policemen from the different municipalities of the province, Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office (ZNPPO), local political leaders, relatives and friends in attendance.

He is survived by his wife, Cleofe, 32, and 8-year old son, John Karl, a grade 2 pupil at Gutalac Elementary School.

After passing the resolution of condolence, Board Member Julius Napigquit also asked his colleagues to say a 44-second prayer for the fallen SAF troopers, whom they called “the new breed of heroes.”

Like other families of fallen 44, Cleofe also appealed to the Philippine government to give justice to the death of her husband.