Vaño leads 24th anniv rite of Cawa-Cawa siege PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 14:29

Newly-assumed Police Regional Office-9 Director Chief Supt. Juanito B. Vaño,Jr ledd the officers and men of PRO9  in yesterday’s commemoration of the 24th Anniversary of the infamous Batalla incident.

Joined by Mrs. Nenie Abendan, widow of Col. Romeo Abendan and top PNP officials in the region, Chief Supt. Vaño stressed on the good deeds and gallantry of Brig. Gen. Eduardo Batalla and Col. Romeo Abendan in giving their lives in the name of public service.

“The heroism of General Batalla and Col. Abendan will never be forgotten. They served as our inspiration and example in dedication to our tasks as law enforcers who are vanguards of peace and security,” Vaño said.

He said that such kind of occasion should not be celebrated and cherished only in public ceremonies as such, but be cherished as a valuable lesson for continued service to the people.

“Honoring our two heroes will not end today. We should make them as reference, as good example in the performance of our daily job as vanguards of peace and security, that even life can be lost in service to the people,” Vaño said.

He said the very qualities of General Batalla and Colonel Abendan should be inculcated seriously into the heart of the entire PNP organization.

General Vaño stressed that yesterday’s  occasion was very timely as he called on all policemen in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula to uplift their honor as sincere policemen  who care for truthful service for them to be useful to the entire police organization.

General  Batalla and Col. Abendan are considered exemplary officers of the then Philippine Constabulary who are truly classic examples in giving quality service to the people and even sacrificed their lives.

“Let us be grateful that we are still alive to offer our sincere service to our fellowmen, and let us not waste our time to prove our worth as ethically upright policemen of PRO9 and let us do it now,” Vaño added.

In January 3, 1989, renegade policeman Rizal Alih led his cohorts in taking hostage several PC-INP officers and men to include then Police Regional Commander Gen. Eduardo Batalla, and his Chief of Staff Col. Romeo Abendan who refused to leave his superior. 

Two days after, January 5, an airstrike killed the hostage takers. — Bhong Simbajon