To Our Fallen 44
To our dear policemen who died for their service for the country and the people
Who died to subdue a dangerous man whose explosives may have, one day, burn villages and kill hundreds
Who died fighting an enemy that shouldn’t be.
You have come from different parts of the country, from North to the South
You may have spoken different native languages, raised from different families
You are sons, brothers, fiances, husbands and fathers to those you left behind
But you have fought as one, as valiant sons for our the motherland
You are heroes, in the truest sense of the word
You may never see our tears, our grief, our outrage and demands for justice
We may never know what you lived for
But we will never forget what you died for.
To our fallen 44,
Who lay dying in the fields under the dawning sky
We, the nation promises,
that your brutal, unnecessary sacrifice will be honored,
Rest in peace, our brothers.
For after your battle has ended,
ours will continue.
And we will never stop
We will never rest in peace
Until we bring justice
On your grave
On 25 January 2015, three platoons of the elite SAF police squad ventured into the guerrilla enclave of Tukanalipao,Mindanao, Philippines, with the goal of detaining high-ranking, Jemaah Islamiyah-affiliated, improvised-explosive-device experts Zulkifli Abdhir and Basit Usman. The SAF troops were then ambushed by a group of the Moro Islamic liberation Front militants, suffering heavy casualties. Running out of ammunition, a dozen of surviving policemen attempted to withdraw. At the same time, rebels belonging to BIFF gathered from nearby villages, immediately engaging the retreating law enforcement agents. The militants overpowered the remaining policemen, later killing the wounded and firing multiple bullets into the corpses of the slain. A total of 44 SAF officers were killed, while rebel casualties amounted to at least 5 killed and 10 wounded. According to a government source, one of the bomb makers was already arrested when the ambush took place; his whereabouts is currently unknown. A MILF spokesman accused the SAF squads of initiating the firefight, claiming that the rebels acted in self-defense, and proposed the continuation of the peace process. The Philippine government and MILF are currently under a peace agreement for the upcoming creation of Bangsamoro or an Islamic State in Mindanao. After the incident, many of the citizens are having second thoughts if the Bangsamoro state should come into fruition in the hands of these militants. Related links: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/103776/govt-deeply-saddened-by-pnp-saf-milf-clash-in-maguindanao http://www.rappler.com/nation/81883-pnp-saf-maguindanao-terrorists
Posted on January 30, 2015, in My country, reflections and tagged 44 cops, BIFF, fallen44, maguindanao clash, mamasapano clash, MILF, Moro ISlamic liberation front, PNP, PNP-SAF, policemen. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.