DU30 HONORS SAF 44 HEROISM
It’s been a long time coming, but President Duterte said on Tuesday that he was happy to award the Philippine National Police’s Medalya ng Kagitingan to 42 out of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members who were killed in the operation to get international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan,” in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao.
Two of the SAF members had been given the same award, the PNP’s highest, posthumously.
Mr. Duterte led the awarding to the rest of the SAF 44 members in Malacañang on Tuesday with the officers’ families on hand to receive the honor.
He had approved the award in February last year upon the request of the families.
‘Better late than never’
In his speech on Tuesday, he said he was happy to recognize the heroism of the SAF operatives but that the award should have been given earlier.
He also vowed to bring them justice, “no matter how long it takes.”
“You know, it comes late, but better late than never,” he said.
“I am not attributing anything to anybody except that I am happy that we are able to recognize today the bravery of our police officers,” he said.