Arrival Honors for forty-two Philippine National Police – Special Action Force operatives was given at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City at around 10 a.m. today. These fallen elite policemen were brought to Camp Bagong Diwang, Taguig City for funeral services.
Though President Benigno Aquino III was not seen during the arrival, he will be present tomorrow for necrological services. January 30 was declared as National Day of Mourning.
Ambassadors from different countries have expressed their condolences. “Grim news of PNP officers killed in action in Maguindanao. Our thoughts are with the families of the men who died doing their duty,” United Kingdom Ambassador Asif Ahmad posted on his micro-blogging account.
“My thoughts, condolences to families, friends & colleagues of the brave members of PNP’s Special Action Forces who lost their lives this week – US,” United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg said.
“The Government of Spain most categorically condemns the brutal murder of 60 members of the Philippines National Police in the region of Maguindanao on 25 January,” Spain said in a statement.
“Despite the deadly clash, Canada continues to support the peace process in Mindanao,” Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder said. “Despite the gravity and depth of what’s happened, we do believe in the peace process.”