Immortalize heroic deeds of SAF 44 – Eleazar

Published January 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Aaron Recuenco 

The stories of the heroic deeds of the 44 slain police commandos in Maguindanao should be repeatedly retold to the next generations in order to inspire courage and patriotism, a ranking police official said in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the Mamasapano clash.

Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar (PNP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar

Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, the Deputy Chief for Operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said that the bravery displayed by the 44 commandos of the Special Action Force (SAF) on January 25, 2015 is a modern day version of how Filipino fighters and heroes died for the love of their country.

“Our SAF 44 heroes did not die in vain. Had it not for them, Marwan would have mobilized more extremists to terrorize the Filipino people. Had it not for them, more innocent civilians would have been killed by their bombs,” said Eleazar in his speech during the 5th Anniversary of the SAF 44 at the SAF Headquarters in Taguig City.

The slain SAF commandos were on a mission to take out Malaysian Zulkifli Bin Hir, popularly known as Marwan, who was monitored to be hiding in a remote area in Mamasapano town of Maguindanao.

Marwan was tagged as responsible for training Filipinos in urban terrorism and in making improvised explosive devices, which were later used in the series of bomb attacks especially in Mindanao.

The bomb-making style of Marwan was still monitored in the recent bomb attacks in Mindanao.

But the killing of Marwan during the SAF mission came with a big price as it led to the death of the 44 police commandos when local fighters joined the fray in attacking them.

“During the early times, the exploits of the warriors are honored by songs, poems and stories that were passed on from one generation to the next generations,” said Eleazar.

“Allow me then to immortalize the heroic deeds our SAF 44 through their story that hopefully you would untiringly tell and retell to your children and grandchildren in honor of our fallen brothers,” he added.

Eleazar then recounted how the SAF commandos successfully carried out the mission assigned to them, as well as the stories of how the 44 slain commandos stood their ground despite being trapped, outnumbered and outgunned.

“Once upon a time, a large group of elite police commandos were called upon to perform an impossible task of penetrating an enemy stronghold in a remote area of Mamasapano in Maguindanao to bring justice to the Muslim and Christian civilians who died from the bombs made by international terrorist Marwan,” said Eleazar.

“An impossible task in the sense that there is only one way in and one way out from a fully-armed community with the mentality of killing outsiders who would dare to cross their paths. An impossible task in the sense that those police commandos had limited firepower and resources to ensure their safety.”

“But an impossible task that was made possible by the Special Action Force,” he stressed.

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