SAF 44 MASSACRE AFTER 3 YEARS
THE wife of the late PO3 Efraim Mejia, one of the SAF 44, has called on the government to fast track the investigation and put those responsible for the Mamasapano massacre to jail.
Mea Mejia, widow of PO3 Mejia, lamented that all that has happened was filing of cases but not a single hearing has been called.
She said, justice remains elusive to them for three years since 44 members of SAF were massacred during police operation to arrest Marwan, a top wanted terrorist who was then hiding in Mamasapano.
The cases of multiple murder filed against former President NoyNoy Aquino, former SAF Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. and former PNP Chief Alan Purisima had been downgraded to reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide by the Ombudsman.
Meanwhile, Warlito Mejia, father of the late PO3 Mejia, remains hopeful that justice will be served soon as the trial starts.
The heroism of SAF 44 was remembered during the observance of 24th PNP Ethics Day held at the San Nicolas plaza during the Monday flag ceremony on January 29.
Pangasinan PNP Provincial Director Ronald Lee led the Provincial Police Provincial staff while Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil of the Second District was the guest of honor and speaker in the commemoration program.
Bataoil cited the heroism of PO3 Mejia and 43 others who died in the line of duty that reflected their professionalism and dedication to duty.
He called on the officials and personnel of Pangasinan PNP, students and employees of San Nicolas, to recall the heroism of PO3 Mejia and his fellow police officers as the standard for serving the motherland.
He said the annual observance of Ethics Day “will serve as a reminder to all levels of command to internalize the need to live up to the standard of policing and professionalism.”
Bataoil, who took part in the crafting of the PNP Ethical Standards and Professionalism 24 years ago, said the relaunching of Oplan Tokhang is expected to be conducted by the PNP in line with the code of ethical standards.
Meanwhile, Lee said, a series of seminars and lectures for members of the Pangasinan Police on ethics and moral standards in line with the internal cleansing of the PNP are set to be held this year.
Lee added that the few members of Pangasinan PNP who were involved in illegal drugs, including with derogatory reports have been transferred out and are facing charges as part of the efforts for the internal cleansing of the PNP. (Nora Dominguez)
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