THE city government of Makati yesterday distributed P100,000 financial assistance to the families of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, together with his father, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, welcomed family members of the ‘Heroes 44’ with a simple tribute held at the Session Hall, 22nd Floor, Makati City Hall.
In his message to them, Mayor Binay assured the families that they were not alone in their fight for justice and pursuit of peace. “The people and the city government of Makati support you,” he said.
Aside from the financial assistance, the city government has also offered college scholarship at the city-run University of Makati (UMak) to the children or siblings of the slain commandos.
“This is our humble way of honoring our heroes. This is our way of showing our heartfelt gratitude for their courage to remain true to their duty of safeguarding the peace up to their last breath,” Binay said.
The mayor exhorted the bereaved families to remain strong and continue to pursue a bright future, which he said was what their beloved heroes would have wanted.
“Never let go of their memory, but never let go either of those dreams you shared and built with them when they were still alive,” Binay said.
A short video tribute titled “In Memoriam: Makati’s Special Tribute to Heroes 44” was also shown during the program.
Family members who attended the tribute and received the check included Esther P. Anniban, mother of PSINSP Cyrus P. Anniban; Rico M. Erana, father of PSINSP John Garry A. Erana; Erica S. Pabalinas, wife of PSINSP Ryan B. Pabalinas; Leah M. Tabdi, wife of PSINSP Gednat G. Tabdi; Guillermo G. Tria, father of PSINSP Maxjim R. Tria; Merlyn D. Gamutan, wife of PINSP Joey S. Gamutan; Trinidad Tayrus, mother of PINSP Rennie L. Tayrus; Liezel A. Inocencio, wife of SPO1 Lover L. Inocencio; Cleofe S. Acain, wife of PO3 Victoriano N. Acain; and Haslyn R. Acob, wife of PO3 Rodrigo F. Acob, Jr.
The other beneficiaries present were Jennifer G. Allaga, wife of PO3 Robert D. Allaga; Rohirmina A. Asjali, mother of PO3 Jedz-in A. Asjali; Melanie L. Duque, wife of PO3 Andres V. Duque; Marie Angeli O. Golocan, wife of PO3 Noel O. Golocan; Maryjane N. Kibete, sister of PO3 Junrel N. Kibete; Raechel June M. Sumbilla, wife of PO3 John Lloyd R. Sumbilla; Yvette S. Villanueva, wife of PO3 Virgel S. Villanueva; Cornillie M. Agabon, wife of PO2 Chum G. Agabon; Noel M. Balaca, Sr., father of PO2 Noel N. Balaca, Jr.; and Santiago Baluga, father of PO2 Richelle S. Baluga.
Also in attendance were Adelisa S. Bedua, wife of PO2 Glenn B. Bedua; Zilsa Cabanlet, wife of PO2 Godofredo B. Cabanlet; Janet B. Carap, wife of PO2 Peterson I. Carap; Emeliza M. Danao, wife of PO2 Walner F. Danao; Benedict C. Danao, brother of PO2 Franklin C. Danao; Joseph Dulnuan, father of PO2 Joel B. Dulnuan; Eliza A. Esmula, wife of PO2 Amman M. Esmula; Aurelyn Kayob, wife of PO2 Jerry D. Kayob; Christine S. Kiangan, wife of PO2 Noble S. Kiangan; Miya C. Mejia, wife of PO2 Ephraim G. Mejia; Roselle B. Nacino, wife of PO2 Nicky D. Nacino; and Gae Ann G. Nacionales, wife of PO2 Omar A. Nacionales.
The rest of the ‘Heroes 44’ were represented by Helen Eva Ramacula, mother of PO2 Rodel E. Ramacula; Edelyn E. Senin, wife of PO2 Romeo V. Senin; Celestino Bilog, father of PO1 Russel B. Bilog; Michelle G. Candano, wife of PO1 Windel L. Candano; Loreto T. Capinding, father of PO1 Loreto G. Capinding II; Julie B. Cayang-o, wife of PO1 Gringo C. Cayang-o; Kristine E. Clemencio, wife of PO1 Mark Lory O. Clemencio; Francis Kodiamat, father of PO1 Angel C. Kodiamat; Flavio S. Sagonoy, father of PO1 Joseph G. Sagonoy; Virgie C. Viernes, wife of PO1 Oliebeth L. Viernes; Ellene E. Cordero, wife of PO2 Roger Cordero; and Christin Cempron, wife of PO1 Romeo Cempron.