SHARE

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.”

VIDEOS

Special report

SAF: Rising from the fields of Mamasapano

Julliane Love De Jesus January 25, 2016

Special report

What it takes to be an elite SAF trooper

Jaymee T. Gamil January 31, 2016

Special report

Cempron, Tabdi: SAF 44’s men of valor

Julliane Love De Jesus January 25, 2016

RELATED STORIES

De Lima wishes ‘vindication’ for ex-President Noynoy over Mamasapano case

By: Maila Ager - November 20th, 2017

Detained Senator Leila de Lima has only one wish for former President Benigno S. Aquino III, who has been charged before the Sandiganbayan over the 2015 Mamasapano carnage: Vindication.

Full story

Aquino posts bail ahead of arrest order

By: Nikko Dizon - November 11th, 2017

Former President Benigno Aquino III on Friday posted a P40,000 bail for the usurpation of authority and graft charges the Office of the Ombudsman had filed against him in connection with the 2015 Mamasapano debacle that resulted in the deaths of 44 police commandos.

Full story

Aquino blames Napeñas anew for Mamasapano deaths: I didn’t order him anything illegal

By: Julliane Love De Jesus - November 10th, 2017

Facing criminal charges over the deadly Mamasapano raid, former President Benigno Aquino III maintained anew that the orders he gave to ex-Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas on the ill-fated operation were “logical” and “legal.

Full story

Aquino posts bail at Sandigan, almost crossing paths with Binay

By: Julliane Love De Jesus - November 10th, 2017

Former President Benigno Aquino III on Friday posted bail before the Sandiganbayan for his graft and usurpation of authority charges over the deadly Mamasapano incident in 2015.

Full story

Sandigan’s Tang: Court will ‘dispense justice without fear or favor’

By: Julliane Love De Jesus - November 10th, 2017

Judge Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, the presiding judge of the Sandiganbayan division that would handle the case of ex-President Benigno Aquino III, has assured that the court will “dispense justice without fear or favor” despite her being an appointee of the former Chief Executive.

Full story

VACC slams Ombudsman for filing ‘downgraded’ charges vs Aquino

By: Vince F. Nonato - November 9th, 2017

A group that provided legal assistance to the relatives of policemen killed in the January 2015 Mamasapano incident has denounced the Ombudsman's recent filing of "downgraded" charges against former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in the Sandiganbayan.

Full story

More