BAGUIO CITY – The city council approved an ordinance appropriating the amount of P300,000 from the funds of the city social welfare and development office as the city government’s financial assistance to the 15 out of the 44 fallen members of the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who trace their roots from the Cordillera during the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano massacre.
At the same time, the local legislative body condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal murder of the 44 PNP-SAF members and that the concerned government agencies initiate appropriate actions to do justice to the new fallen heroes of the country.
Under Ordinance No. 003, series of 2015, each of the fallen SAF members from the Cordillera will be given a financial assistance of P20,000 which will be processed by the city social welfare and development office and subsequently turned over to the nearest kin of the fallen victims.
It was learned that the city government has an existing policy to provide financial assistance to bonafide residents of the city who are victims of disasters among others but there was a need to expand the coverage of the financial assistance to other victims of the Mamasapano massacre who trace their roots from the Cordillera because of their heroic act.
Earlier, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan wrote the city council to pass the required ordinance appropriating the city’s available funds as financial assistance to the fallen heroes in recognition of their gallantry and bravery in neutralizing the presence of one of toe world’s most wanted terrorist and Malasian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.
The city government joined other local governments nationwide in condemning such cowardly act of the Muslim bandits in the treacherous murder of the PNP-SAF members who were simply performing their sworn duties and responsibilities to neutralize a high value target hiding in the Maguindanao area.
Asuide from the financial assistance, the city government will also turnover to the family members and relatives of the fallen 15 Cordillera PNP-SAF members a copy of the resolution commending the law enforcers for their heroic act.
The fatalities of the tragic Mamasapano massacre were Senior Inspector Cyrus Aniban of Balbalan Kalinga; Senior Inspector Gednat Garambas Tabdi, La Trinidad, Benguet; PO3 Robert Domollog Allaga, Banaue Ifugao; PO3 Noel Onangey Golocan, Baguio City; PO2 Peterson Indongsan Garap, Kabayan, Benguet; PO2 Walner Faustino Danao, Baguio City; PO2 Franklin Cadap Danao, Tinoc, Ifugao; PO2 Jerry Dailay Kayob, La Trinidad, Benguet; PO2 Noble Sungay Kiangan, Mankayan, Benguet; Po2 Joel Dulnuan, Kalinga; PO2 Nicky de Castro Nacino, Jr., Baguio City; PO1 Russel Bawaan Bilog, Baguio City; PO1 Gringo Charag Cayang-o, Sadanga, Mountain Province and PO1 Angel Chocowen Kodiamat, Mankayan, Benguet.
The council asserted that justice should be accorded to the victims to allow their respective family members and relatives to have their peace of mind and to be able for them to move on in their lives.
The council cited the disbursements of the financial assistance to the fallen Cordillera SAF members will follow the procedures done by the City of Manila. By Dexter A. See