Police Regional Office 10 commemorated on January 25, 2023 the Day of National Remembrance for the 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) who died in the line of duty during a counter terrorism operation conducted exactly eight years ago in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
A solemn ceremony was held at the New Grandstand, RHQ, Camp Alagar, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City during which a wreath laying and a 21-gun salute were performed to remember and honor the "SAF 44" whose heroism and gallantry led to the neutralization of the international terrorist identified as Zulkifli Abdhir alias Marwan.
The ceremony also served as a tribute to the other police officers who sacrificed their lives in various anti-criminality operations in the region.
PMGEN ELISEO DC CRUZ, Director for Investigation and Detective Management, as the Guest of Honor and Speaker, urged everyone to honor the fallen members of the SAF by remembering and retelling their courage and heroism. He said, "Let us honor them with the stories of courage and heroism that we must tell to the generations to come and let us continue to be inspired by their professionalism to serve the country with utmost dedication and devotion to our sworn duty."
He expressed his appreciation to the men and women of PRO10 for the sincere efforts in providing adequate and appropriate investigative services to the public.
He also congratulated PRO10 for obtaining 95.98% crime clearance efficiency and 72.31% crime solution efficiency and for ranking 4th among the 17 Police Regional Offices in the issuance of NPCS.
He then echoed the message of PGEN RODOLFO S AZURIN JR, Chief, PNP saying, “We will continue to honor their memory and supreme sacrifice as we make sure that their legacy lives on through our actions and dedication to the service. They will always be remembered as true heroes who have given their lives for the service of Filipinos.” ###
SOURCE: RPIO PRO10