Tacloban media, other groups pay tribute to ‘Fallen 44’

March 5, 2015 11:38 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, March 5 — Various media organizations based in this typhoon-weary city will lead several events Thursday to honor of the Fallen 44 members of Police Special Action Force (SAF) who died in an encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Dubbed as "Salamat Again Friend" (SAF), Tacloban media called on the local residents to join the eucharistic celebration on Thursday afternoon at the Sto. Niño Church followed by a wreath laying ceremony and candle lighting at the Noblejas junction in honor of the 40th day commemoration of the incident.

“In acknowledging its noble efforts extended by the SAF after super typhoon Yolanda, the same group who died at the Mamasapano incident, the 44 SAF commandos were in Tacloban days after the Nov. 8, 2013 Yolanda devastation, to extend their services in restoring peace and order in the city and its rescue operation,” said Gay Gaspay of the Tacloban Media Special Advocacy Team.

Supporting the events are the newly-organized National Press Club (NPC)-Tacloban, Express It At The Park (EIATP), National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP), Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters sa Pilipinas (KBP), PNP Press Corp.

Also joining are Tacloban City government led by Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office, Tacloban Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Tacloban City police office, and city traffic management office.

“It’s about time we pay back forward with prayers for our fallen friends,” added Eileen Ballesteros, president of NPC-Tacloban.

According to the police, six members of the “Fallen 44” were from the region.

They were Police Officer (PO)1 Mark Lory Clemencio from Carigara, Leyte; PO2 Glen Bedua from Dulag, Leyte; PO1 Joseph Sagonoy from Silvino Lobos, Northern Samar; PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla; PO2 Rodel Eva Ramacula from Rosario, Northern Samar; and PO2 Noel Balaca Jr. from Oras, Eastern Samar. (PNA)

FFC/SQM/RONALD O. REYES/EBP

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