PGIN continues support to kin of slain Ilocano SAF

LAOAG CITY – The kin of PO3 Omar A. Nacionales, one of the slain 44 commandos of the Special Action Force (SAF), continues to receive support from the provincial government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN).

Governor Imee R. Marcos, who earlier sought for an all-out justice for the victims, said the provincial government here continues to assist Nacionales’ sister, Aleta through a full college scholarship.

Nacionales, an Ilocano native, was one of the 44 SAF slain in the Mamasapano encounter in January 25 last year.

Currently a second year taking up a business-related degree at a local college in the province, Aleta recalled through a phone interview the last conversation she had with his brother, whom they considered as the family’s breadwinner.

“[Omar] reminded me that I should continue my studies, he wanted me to finish it,” she said in Ilocano, adding that she is grateful to the provincial government “most especially to Governor Marcos for the scholarship as it gave me hope to fulfil his dreams for me.”

Governor Marcos gave the assurance that the scholarship grant provided by the provincial government will continue until Nacionales’ sister graduates from college.

Meanwhile, the provincial government will hold an honorary tribute with a commemorative mass and a wreath-laying ceremony for the fallen police commandos on January 25.

Last January 18, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Ilocos Norte has approved Provincial Resolution No. 173-2016 declaring that all cities and municipalities in the province lower the Philippine flag at half-mast on January 25 in honor of Nacionales and the 43 fallen policemen.

Nacionales’ family yearns that the reopening of the Mamasapano probe by the Senate would bring a chance of healing and acceptance despite the tragic encounter being a tragedy.

“[We] hope that this time the findings will become more relevant and bring real justice to the death of my son,” Nacionales’ mother said in Ilocano during an interview. (With report by John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO)