President Rodrigo Duterte honored and gave recognition to the gallant troopers of the Special Action Force who offered their lives during the bloody Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao.
During his speech at the awarding of the Philippine National Police Medal of Valor and Order of Lapu-Lapu to the members of the PNP-SAF 44 at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang, the president said that their courage is not the only basis that is why they are receiving the said award but because they are considered heroes of our country.
The president considers the fate of the SAF 44 in the hands of the enemy, as the darkest day in the history of the Philippines.
Duterte believes that the SAF 44 was not just a group of dedicated, capable and commendable police officers, but individuals that we should all emulate.
In line with this, we should also give recognition to the men and women in uniform who serve as inspirations as they continue to show the importance of public service, dignity and justice.