Home for SAF SPO1 Inocencio

THE BODY of Philippine National Police –Special Action Force member SP01 Lover Inocencio is expected to arrive today from Manila on his way home to his family in Panabo City.

PSupt. Antonio Rivera, spokesperson for the Police Regional Office XI, in a phone interview said the officer’s remains will be held in state first at the chapel of Camp Catitipan before being transported to his residence in Panabo city.

Inocencio is among the 44 slain PNP-SAF officers slain after a clash with the   105th base command of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

The officers were in the area to serve a warrant of arrest against Malaysian Jemaah Islamiyah members Zulkifli bin Hir or ‘Marwan’, and Abdul Basit Usman.

The bodies of the police comandos arrived Thursday at Villamor airbase in Clark, Pampanga and were served honors during the necrological services held yesterday at the headquarters of the SAF in Camp Bagong Diwa.

Meanwhile, different organizations offered their condolences and lamentation of the incident.

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno offered their condolences to the bereaved families of the officers, but said the action of the government should go beyond handing condolences, but “exacting accountability” from President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

“We commiserate with the plight of these police officers and call on them to band together and continue calling for accountability,” said Joel Virador, VP for Federation Affairs of Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao in a statement.

The group said however, they did not support the calls for an “all- out war” in Mindanao as it will only “inflame the situation and threaten the lives of innocent civilians.”

The New People’s Army meanwhile on their website called the deaths of the SAF members a “sacrifice” of the Aquino government and some PNP officials on the “altar of the US terror war.”

“[The CPP] calls on all PNP officers and troops to speak up and stand against the Aquino regime and its police officials who ordered the Mamasapano operation and expose continuing US military interventionism in the Philippines,” their statement read.

The country yesterday held a National Day of Mourning for the police officers, attended by Aquino who assured family members of the SAF officers that they would continue to look for the suspected terrorists.

“Your government is working for you,” said Aquino in a televised speech.

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