Slain SAF commando’s widow gets financial aid from ECC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22

By Alma Lacharon-Tingcang


DIPOLOG CITY — The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) has recently handed a P20 thousand check to Cleofe S. Acain, widow of PO1 Victoriano Acain Jr. who was one of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos perished in a bloody encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province last January 25.

In a simple turnover ceremony held the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) office here, the ECC through the Ms. Lourdes Amores, provincial head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Zamboanga del Norte together with GSIS-Dipolog Branch Manager Willa Guantero-Mangubat handed the check to Acain’s widow.

PO1 Acain, 33, a native of Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte, was one of the SAF commandos sent to serve a warrant of arrest against two high profile targets -Malaysian international terrorist Abu Marwan and his local counterpart Abdul Basit Usman who were hiding in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Marwan was killed during the operation but Usman was able to elude arrest and believed to have been wounded and hiding in the area.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Acain said she and her 8-year old son have to leave her home and look for a safer place for she is receiving threats through text from unidentified sources.

Aside from the funeral assistance, President Benigno Aquino III has also assured the families of the fallen 44 to give all the benefits due them. — FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte