THE National Remembrance for SAF 44 is the day commemorating their bravery and heroism.
Seven years ago, SAF troops raided the hut where they believed Marwan was located, and the man they believed to be Marwan engaged them in a firefight and was killed. However, the shooting alerted the BIFF and MILF 118th Command in the area which resulted in a bloody encounter that left 44 SAF, 18 MILF, and 5 BIFF dead.
29 SAF survivors were then encircled by the enemies which prompted the government peace panel to intervene and requested a ceasefire.
The operation, codenamed” Oplan Exodus” though considered successful for neutralizing the enemies left a deep scar in the hearts of Filipinos most especially to the immediate families of the SAF 44.
#Fallen44 became a worldwide trend on social media sites as an effort to honor the 44 slain SAF.
Wreaths were offered at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani to honor the SAF 44 and their ultimate sacrifice to the country.
Also, during the ceremony, the departed brothers killed during police operations and those succumbed by the COVID-19 were remembered.
They are the constant reminder that despite the hardships and health risks police officers continues to do their mandated tasks and functions as stewards of peace and order.
The Fallen 44, brothers killed in police operations, and those who died at the height of the pandemic will forever be remembered and honored. Without their sacrifices we would not have the peace and order we are experiencing today.
They are the modern heroes who bravely fought and died for their sworn duties.