Camp Col Romeo A Abendan, Zamboanga City – The Police Regional Office 9 commemorated the 6th Death Anniversary - Day of National Remembrance for Gallant SAF 44 at PRO9 Quadrangle, Camp Col Romeo Abendan, Mercedes, Zamboanga City on January 25, 2021.
PMGEN Angelito A Casimiro, The Director for Logistics, PMGEN Jose Chiquito M Malayo, DIPO-Western Mindanao and PBGEN Ronaldo Genaro E Ylagan, PRO9 Regional Director led the men and women of PRO9 and PNP SAF in offering mass and wreath-laying ceremony as a tribute to the 44 Special Action Force members who died in the clash with the rebels at Mamasapano, Maguindanao Province six years ago.
In recognition of their heroism and gallantry, PRO9 also rendered a twenty one (21) gun salute to the eight (8) SAF Commandos from the 5th Special Action Battalion, Special Action Force based in Zamboanga City namely: PSINSP Ryan B Pabalinas, PSINSP Gednat Tabdih, PINSP Joey Gamutan, PO3 Jed-In Asjali, PO2 Walner Danao, PO2 Joel Dunuan, PO2 Glenn Bedua and PO2 Amman Esmula.
Present during the activity were the spouses of the fallen heroes: Mrs. Erica Pabalinas, Mrs. Leah Tabdih, Mrs. Eliza Esmula, Mrs. Adelisa Bedua, Mrs. Emeliza Danao and Mrs. Margareth Dulnuan.
The celebration was in adherence to the Presidential Proclamation No. 164, declaring January 25 of every year as a day of National Remembrance in honor of the heroic death of the 44 police commandos of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF). The proclamation states that the memory of the SAF 44 "serves as a constant reminder of the continuing sacrifices made by our valiant uniformed men and women in the line of duty." (PRO9-PIO)