A Joint Commemoration of the PGIN & Laoag City in Honor of the Fallen SAF-44
On January 25, 2016 the Legacy of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) brave men who died on January 25, 2015 in Mamasapano , Maguindanao, was commemorated on its first year anniversary in front of the Provincial Government. The occasion was led by Governor Imee R. Marcos, together with the Laoag City Government headed by City Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, Sangguniang Panlungsod members, and the City Government employees, along with the delegation of the different Municipalities of Ilocos Norte.The Philippine National Police Provincial Command spearheaded the event.
Omar Nacionales, 27 years of age from Marcos Town, Ilocos Norte was one of those who died in the said tragedy. Omar was awarded on September 13, 2014 a Medal of Heroism, which is earned from an act of heroism not involving conflict with an armed enemy. He was also one of the soldiers who defended Zamboanga City during the 2013 siege. The Provincial Government organized a holy mass to commemorate their sacrifices, and the PNP gave a 21-gun salute to the fallen soldiers.
We must remember that the 44 elite cops from the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) figured in an 11-hour gunfight with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and its splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters while the policemen were on a mission to serve arrest warrants to Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan, and Filipino bomb-making expert Basit Usman. These 44 new heroes sacrificed their lives with only one thing in mind: to fulfil their command to enforce the law, prevent and manage crimes, maintain peace and order, and guarantee public safety and internal security.
They were truly an inspiration not only because they accomplished the mission but they made PNP-SAF proud and served a motivation to all the inspiring cadets for the next generation, specially our own “Kailian” PNP-SAF Omar Nacionales of Marcos, Ilocos Norte.
“Agbiag ken pasingkedan ti kina tan-ok ni Ilocano apo Nacionales”, Governor Imee Romualdez Marcos cried at the end of her speech.