WMSU honors fallen 44 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 February 2015 13:53

Western Mindanao State University pays tribute to the fallen heroes of the recent conflict between the government and rebel factions in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that shook the entire Philippines and the world.

The WMSU family was one with the nation in commemorating the heroism of the 44 PNP-SAF cops on Friday, January 30. WMSU officials, faculty, staff and students gathered in front of the College of Teacher Education to offer their prayers, light candles, and pay great respect to the fallen policemen and sympathize with their families.

Vice President for Planning, Administration and Finance, Dr. Ederlinda M. Fernandez, turned emotional as she led the memorial saying, “Let us honor those who have laid their lives to achieve peace.”

Three of the slain policemen are former students of WMSU’s College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE)—PI Joey S. Gamutan, PI Rennie Tyrus and PO3 Jedz-in A. Asjali who were among the 44 recovered fatalities from the Philippine National Police that clashed against suspected members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on January 25.

These unsung heroes of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the PNP were the same men who were part of the mission to fight against the inclusion of Zamboanga City in the proposed Bangsamoro Republic—a historic event known as the Zamboanga Siege of 2013.

Zamboanga City has gone through a lot of crisis lately and the university found it timely to gather all the students, faculty, staff and officials to unite in praying for peace and order not only for the city but for Mindanao and the entire country more importantly.

Students of CCJE offered their salute to the heroes, while Dr. Fernandez, in her speech, reminded the Criminology students that when they graduate and turn into cops, their dedication and loyalty to the country will be put to test. “I know you will rise up to your challenge,” Dr. Fernandez added.