PNoy recalls father’s death in Fallen 44’s necrological services

Philippine President Benigno Aquino delivers a speech in front of the caskets of the slain members of the Special Action Force (SAF) who were killed in Sunday's clash with Muslim rebels, during a service inside a police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila January 30, 2015. Aquino urged legislators on Wednesday not to abandon a plan for autonomy for Muslims to end a decades-old insurgency after the clash in which dozens of people were killed, saying doing so would dash hopes for peace. A top official described the clash on Sunday, which shattered a three-year ceasefire, as a "misencounter" during a bid to arrest two militants who had taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW MILITARY) (REUTERS)

President Benigno Aquino III related to the families of the 44 fallen Special Action Force troopers, as he delivered his speech at the necrological service for the policemen Friday.

“Gusto ko pong sabihin sa inyo na damang-dama ko ang pakiramdam ninyo. Nauunawaan ko ang bawat pamilya ng ating kapulisang nasawi sa engkuwentro nitong nakaraang Linggo,” Aquino said.

“Ako man ay nawalan ng mahal sa buhay nang biglaan. Naalala ko nga po ang sandaling nag-uusap kami ng aking yumaong ama. Nagdesisyon siya noon na dumating na ang panahon para bumalik siya sa ating Inang Bayan mula sa Amerika.”

Aquino then narrated the story of how he found out of his father’s death through a news report on television.

“Mag-isa po akong nanonood ng telebisyon sa bahay namin sa Boston, naghihintay ng balita tungkol sa nangyari sa aking ama. Narinig ko pong sinabi ng announcer sa telebisyon: ‘Opposition leader Benigno Aquino was seen lying in a pool of blood; shots were fired.’ Sa oras pong iyon, parang tumigil ang oras sa akin, huminto at halos wala akong napansin sa buong kapaligiran; bumaliktad ang aking mundo,” the president recalled.

“Hindi ko maipaliwanag ang pagkabigla na naramdaman ko noon. Ni minsan, di namin naisip na may posibilidad man lang na papatayin siya. Pinakamabigat na siguro ay ang ibalik siya sa kulungan. Kaya’t talagang nagulat kami sa nangyari. Sa kanyang pagbalik, hindi na po nagawang makatungtong pa ng aking ama sa lupang sinilangan. Pababa pa lang ng eroplano, walang habas na siyang pinaslang.”

Angry and grief-stricken, Aquino found strength from the support shown to his family by the public.

“Ngunit nagsimulang magbago ang pananaw ko nang makita ko ang dami ng taong nanindigan at nakiramay sa labas ng aming bahay sa Times sa Quezon City. Tila ba hindi na sila natatakot sa Batas Militar,” he said. “Dito ko po nakita ang posibilidad na maitutuloy ang laban kahit wala na ang aming pinuno.”

Philippine President Benigno Aquino talks with relatives of the slain members of the Special Action Force (SAF) who were killed in Sunday's clash with Muslim rebels, during a service inside a police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila January 30, 2015. Aquino urged legislators on Wednesday not to abandon a plan for autonomy for Muslims to end a decades-old insurgency after the clash in which dozens of people were killed, saying doing so would dash hopes for peace. A top official described the clash on Sunday, which shattered a three-year ceasefire, as a misencounter during a bid to arrest two militants who had taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Philippine President Benigno Aquino talks with relatives of the slain members of the Special Action Force (SAF) who were killed in Sunday's clash with Muslim rebels, during a service inside a police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila January 30, 2015. Aquino urged legislators on Wednesday not to abandon a plan for autonomy for Muslims to end a decades-old insurgency after the clash in which dozens of people were killed, saying doing so would dash hopes for peace. A top official described the clash on Sunday, which shattered a three-year ceasefire, as a misencounter during a bid to arrest two militants who had taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco



Aquino said his prayers and talked to the families of some of the fallen SAF troops.

“Sa ngalan ng sambayanang Pilipino, kinikilala po natin ang kabayanihan ng ating mga nasawing kapulisan. Nagpapasalamat tayo sa kadakilaan ng kanilang sakripisyo. Nakikiramay po tayo sa bawat pamilya ng mga kapulisan nating nawalan ng mahal sa buhay,” Aquino said.

“Sa simula nga po, nabanggit ko: Kung walang nangyaring pagbabago sa pagkamatay ng aking ama, di po ba’t nasayang lang ang kanyang naging sakripisyo? Kaya naman, hindi natin pababayaan na mauwi sa wala ang pag-aalay ng buhay ng ating mga bayaning pulis. Kung ang kanilang pagkasawi ay maging sanhi ng pagkakamit natin ng kapayapaang ating inaasam, dito po, masasabi nating hindi nabalewala ang kanilang naging sakripisyo. Ang tunay at pangmatagalang pagbabagong ito ang magiging pamana nila sa sambayanang Pilipino.”

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