Beng wants grief therapy for kin of fallen PNP-SAF PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 18:25

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday said the city government in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other agencies concerned is planning to conduct counselling and grief therapy for the survivors, particularly the wives and children, of PNP-SAF commandos from Zamboanga City who died in the Mamasapano incident last month.

Climaco told the press briefing in City Hall yesterday that in her meetings with the grieving survivors of the Fallen 44, particularly those from the city, she saw in them that the women (wives) were very emotionally strong, psychologically and mentally logical and very insightful.

“In counselling, if one is able to use insight versus the emotion during the crisis, it is very positive because they (bereaved wives) are able to understand and appreciate in the situation where they are now, and they are able to look at the strength in terms of the capacity for them to survive,” said Climaco who, by profession, is a licensed teacher and guidance counsellor.

“So, the women, the mothers, the surviving spouses, I am very respectful of what they are going through and it gives us hope,” the mayor said but added that she was worried about the children.

“Though their innocence will shield them from whatever pain they might have, we hope that when they grow up they will look at this incident as something that is the turning point of their life, and the death of their fathers was indeed something that the nation was thankful for,” Climaco said.

To recall, five of the so-called Fallen 44 were from Zamboanga City namely; namely; PO2 Amman Misuari Esmula of Kingdom Village, Pitogo, Barangay Sinunuc; Sr. Insp. Ryan Ballesteros Pabalinas of Barangay Guiwan; PO3 Jedz-in Abubakar Asjali of Barangay Sta. Barbara; Insp. Joey Sacristan Gamutan of Blk 05, Village, San Jose Gusu and; PO2 Glenn Berecio Bedua of Good Shepherd Village, Upper Calarian. — Vic Larato