ZAMBOANGA CITY — Inside the quarters which PO2 Jose Buncag once shared with the troopers who died in the ill-fated Mamasapano operation, he could sometimes smell his comrades.
A year has passed since the bloody clash but the members of 55th and 84th Special Action Companies (SAC) are very much alive in the memories of their brothers in uniform, with some claiming to sense their presence.
“Minsan naamoy namin sila sa kwarto. Tatlo silang namatay sa kwarto namin. Naririnig namin… parang nagpaparamdam, may biglang nahuhulog na gamit,” Buncag told INQUIRER.net in an interview at the 55th SAC camp in Mercedes, Zamboanga City.
But the thought of seeing his late comrades doesn’t scare Buncag. “Kapag nagpakita sila, sasabihin ko ang hindi ko nasabi sa kanila. Handa akong harapin sila.”
An Army lieutenant and a senior leader of IS-linked Moro rebel group were killed in clashes Wednesday in Maguindanao province, raising the death toll to 21 rebels and two soldiers since fighting erupted on Sunday.
A junior officer of the 40th Infantry Battalion conducting a clearing operation in a remote village of Mamasapano on Thursday was killed in an ensuing firefight with a militant Moro group linked to the Islamic State, a senior military official said.
The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has put on hold the graft trial of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in connection with the January 2015 massacre of 44 members of an elite police team sent to capture international terrorist Marwan in the town of Mamasapano, Maguindanao province.
The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the Office of the Ombudsman from absolving former President Benigno Aquino III in the multiple homicide charge filed against him in connection with the deaths of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in 2015.
The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Sandiganbayan to temporarily halt its proceedings over usurpation and graft charges filed in connection with the Mamasapano massacre in 2015.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday denied he had a hand in the government’s renewed effort to pin responsibility on former President Benigno Aquino III for the death of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in January 2015.