President Benigno Aquino III stayed at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City until he finished talking to each family left by Philippine National Police-Special Action Force troopers who were killed in action during the Mamasapano clash. TESDA head Joel Villanueva said the President addressed a SAF Unit after he talked to families of fallen heroes at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31.
In an interview with Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. the President asked the families about their needs and the dreams of the dead policemen for their relatives. It turned out that most of the SAF troopers wanted their families to have decent lives, send their children to college, and help their parents by giving them livelihood.
Coloma said that in the coming days different government agencies will coordinate with the families to address all of these.
“In the pursuit of truth and justice, a Board of Inquiry has been created to uncover all the details surrounding this incident. As we await the results of this official inquiry, let us avoid spreading unverified rumors and fueling speculation,” deputy Presidential spokesman Undersecretary Abigail Valte in a statemnt to press.