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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sibugay PNP to pay tribute to “Fallen 44” on the culmination of 44 days’ mourning

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – Days have been counted, the entire countryhas mourned the death of the 44 slain PNP-SAF also tagged as the “Fallen 44” in the ill-fated Mamasapano clash between theBangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

This Sunday (March 8) though marks the culmination of the 44 days mourning for the SAF heroes, and the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Police Office (ZSPPO) decided to embellish this significant day with a sympathy walk, run and bike, for a cause.

“We would like to instill in the heart and mind of every law enforcer to value the supreme sacrifice that the SAF 44 have done for the sake of God, country and people,” said Police Senior Supt. Jose Bayani L. Gucela, officer-in-charge of ZSPPO in a letter sent to the media.

PSSupt. Gucelaalsoserves as Board of Director ofthe Philippine National Police Academy Alumni Association Inc. (PNPAAAI) of Police Regional Office (PRO)- 9.

The activity will commence around 5 o’clock in the morning from the assembly area in Acay compound, Barangay Sanito, going to the Freedom Park in Barangay Poblacion near the Ipil Obelisk-Rotunda, where the walk ends. As for the bikers, route goes to Poblacion,Kabasalanand finishes inIpil Freedom Park, where a mass will then be held.

“The distance will be a total of 44 kilometers, signifying the 44 lives of the fallen comrades,” explained PSSupt. Gucela.

He said the event is also a fund raising activity.As such, participants are required to pay a registration fee of P200, in which they will be given a printed tee-shirtto be worn during the event.

Proceeds of the fund raising activity will be given to the family and children of the SAF 44,according to PSSupt. Gucela.