On the Day of National Remembrance
Today, January 25, a grieving nation remembers the tragedy that befell the PNP officers in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. We pay homage to the bravery and heroism of the 44 uniformed personnel of the Special Action Force known as the Fallen SAF 44. They offered and gave their lives for the country and the people. Even as we continue to pray for the eternal repose of the souls of these gallant heroes who were recipients posthumously of the PNP Medal of Valor (Medalya ng Kagitingan) and as we share in the grief of their bereaved families, we urge the Office of the Ombudsman to resolve with dispatch the case filed against those who recklessly placed them in mortal peril. The nation demands justice for them as well as the prosecution of those responsible for the botched police operation. Never again will we allow a recurrence of such tragic event. Those in authority must learn from the mistakes of the past otherwise those valorous men in uniform would have died in vain. Salvador S. Panelo Chief Presidential Legal Counsel & Presidential Spokesperson