A police officer, Senior Inspector Fredie Solar, gave his life for the country when he was killed in the clash between government troops and the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City on Tuesday.
His sister, Susan Solar-Urbano, paid tribute to her slain brother on Faceboook; recalling hardships he went through to become a member of the police force.
Solar-Urbano wrote in a lengthy Facebook post: “He was a young man with a dream. He dreamed to be successful. He dreamed to uplift his family from the hard life that we experience.”
She added that her brother experienced hardship and that became his bread and butter to achieve his goals in life.
Through hard work and determination, he was able to graduate in PNPA Sansinirangan class of 2007.
Senior Inspector Solar was assigned in a far place – – Mindanao – – away from his home in Baguio City after graduation. His family pleaded for him to come back to Baguio; repeatedly asked him to apply to be reassigned at any other place in the Philippines except Mindanao, but he refused.
“At first, it was just patriotism that drove him to be in there. And as days and years passed, he still ignored our request to work for his re-assignment but he always assured us that it is safe there,” she added.
Senior Inspector Solar liked it in Marawi City because people there respected him, and that was enough for him to stay.
“But just last night, at the Marawi siege, in the hands of heartless terrorists, we lost him. He died defending the people that he has come to protect. We lost a humble, kind-hearted, determined brother who we dearly love, all for the sake of the country,” she said.
According to his sister, Inspector Solar dreamed of being invited to speak at his alma mater’s graduation. But while his dream will no longer come true, she is sure her brother’s alma mater is proud of him.
The hero left behind his wife and two young children. He will be brought to Iligan City and will soon be sent home to Baguio City… in a coffin; covered with the country’s flag.
As Douglas McArthur said, “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
In war, no one really wins.
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