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

Aquino not liable for death of SAF44 – ex-solgen Hilbay

By: Christia Marie Ramos - February 18th, 2019

Should former President Benigno Aquino III be held liable for the botched Mamasapano operation? Ex-Solicitor General Florin Hilbay says 'No.'

Full story

SAF 44 and ‘Oplan Exodus’ in Mamasapano, Maguindanao

January 26th, 2019

On Jan. 25, 2015, 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos, at least 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and seven civilians were killed in the botched “Oplan Exodus” in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province.

Full story

PNP: We have fully released financial aid for SAF 44 relatives

By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu - January 25th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has already distributed in full the promised financial assistance and benefits intended for the relatives of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who were killed in the 2015 Mamasapano encounter, PNP Spokesperson Sr. Supt. Bernard Banac said.

Full story

Kin of SAF 44 troopers still waiting for full financial assistance from gov’t

By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu - January 25th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The financial assistance for families of the fallen 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who were killed in the 2015 Mamasapano clash has yet to be given in full by government, a relative of one of the slain troopers has revealed.

Full story

LOOK: PNP officials lay wreath at SAF 44 memorial

By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu - January 25th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Friday led top police officials in a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial for the fallen 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on Friday.

Full story

Army lieutenant, 13 BIFF killed in Maguindanao clash

By: Edwin O. Fernandez - July 5th, 2018

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.

Full story

More