MAKATI CITY, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay, together with his son Makati Mayor Jejomar “Jun Jun” Erwin Binay, daughter Senator Nancy Binay and wife Elenita Binay, met with the families of the Fallen 44 PNP-SAF Troops last Tuesday, February 17 at the Makati City Hall. The Makati City government also gave P 100,000 to each of the bereaved family of the Fallen 44.
According to Journal Online, a tribute for the PNP-SAF Troops who were k****d during the Mamasapano incident was held at the Session Hall of the Makati City Hall.
The program was held in order to give honor to the Fallen 44. Photos of the Fallen PNP-SAF commandos were presented in a short video called “In Memoriam: Makati’s Special Tribute to Heroes 44” were flashed during the tribute, and singer Rico J. Puno also graced the event by singing “May Bukas Pa” to the bereaved families.
“This is our humble way of honoring our heroes. This is our way of showing our heartfelt gratitude for their courage to remain true to their duty of safeguarding the peace up to their last breath”, Mayor Binay stated.
In addition to giving away checks worth P 100,000 to the bereaved families, the Makati City government also offered scholarships to the children and siblings of the Fallen 44. They will be entitled to a college program at the University of Makati.
Also, in a report from ABS-CBN, the National Housing Authority (NHA) will also be granting house and lots worth P300,000 to each of the families of the Fallen 44. The design of the houses and preferred location of the house and lot for the families will be discussed in a separate meeting.
One of the relatives of the Fallen 44, Federico Daquioag, father-in-law of Insp. Joey Gamutan, mentioned his support for the peace talks. Daquioag stated that it is necessary specially in their locale, Zamboanga.
After the tribute, a closed door meeting with VP Binay and the families of the Fallen 44 was also held.