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GALLANT 14: Fallen Cordilleran PNP-SAF Troopers

Remembering the gallantry of the fourteen Cordilleran PNP-SAF Troopers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Fourteen Cordilleran PNP-SAF Heroes

The heroism of the 44 members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF), collectively called the "SAF 44", of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is a story that should be retold to future generations.

Among the 44 fallen SAF troopers are the Gallant 14, fourteen sons of the Cordilleras who valiantly made the ultimate sacrifice.

Fallen Cordillera PNP-SAF warriors

The SAF 44 were among the 392 elite cops who infiltrated the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao on January 25, 2015, an area known to be controlled by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). "Operation Wolverine", their mission is to arrest two Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists - Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir known as "Marwan" and Abdulbasit Usman.

Marwan was tagged as responsible for training Filipinos in urban terrorism and making improvised explosive devices, which were later used in a series of bomb attacks, particularly in Mindanao.

In his eulogy at the necrological service organized by the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-Cor) at Camp Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet, the commander of the SAF Benguet Provincial Police Safety Company asked for justice for his fallen comrades.

"It runs in the blood of Igorots to defend our land and freedom. We will fight until the last breath and die with honor in the name of service... This tragedy should not happen again," Police Superintendent Jonathan Calixto said.

List of 14 fallen Cordillerans PNP-SAF Troopers:

1. PO2 Peterson Indongsan Carap of Kabayan, Benguet

PO2 Peterson Indongsan Carap Airene Lomas-i

2. PO1 Gringo Charag Cayang-o of Sadanga, Mountain Province

PO1 Gringo Charag Cayang-o Airene Lomas-i

3. PO1 Angel Chocowen Kodiamat of Bontoc, Mountain Province

PO1 Angel Chocowen Kodiamat Airene Lomas-i

4. PO2 Jerry Kayob of La Trinidad, Benguet

5. PO2 Noble Sungay Kiangan of Mankayan, Benguet

PO2 Noble Sungay Kiangan Airene Lomas-i

6. PO3 Noel Onangey Golocan of Mankayan, Benguet, and Sagada, Mountain Province

PO3 Noel Onangey Golocan Airene Lomas-i

7. PO2 Walner Faustino Danao of Irisan, Baguio City

PO2 Walner Faustino Danao Airene Lomas-i

8. PSINP Gednat Garambas Tabdi of La Trinidad, Benguet

PSINP Gednat Garambas Tabdi Airene Lomas-i

9. PSINP Cyrus Paleyan Anniban of Balbalan, Kalinga

PSINP Cyrus Paleyan Anniban Airene Lomas-i

10. PO3 Robert Domollog Allaga of Banaue, Ifugao

PO3 Robert Domollog Allaga Airene Lomas-i

11. PO2 Franklin Cadap Danao of Tinoc, Ifugao

PO2 Franklin Cadap Danao Airene Lomas-i

12. PO2 Nicky De Castro Nacino Jr. of Baguio City and Aurora Province

13. PO1 Russel Bawaan Bilog of Tabuk City, Kalinga, and Sagada, Mountain Province

PO1 Russel Bawaan Bilog Airene Lomas-i

14. P02 Joel Bumidang Dulnuan

P02 Joel Bumidang Dulnuan Airene Lomas-i

Every January 25th of the year is set as a "National Day of Remembrance" to honor the heroic sacrifice of the forty-four fallen members of the Special Forces of Action, of which 14 of them are Cordilleran.

January 25th of each year has been set as a National Day of Remembrance to honor the gallantry of the fallen SAF 44

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