CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Military personnel from different units have voluntarily contributed an amount that will be donated to the families of the 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) commandos who died in an encounter with Moro rebels in Maguindanao last January 2015.
Taken from the monthly Subsistence Allowance, the AFP has collected the total amount of P3,565,410.00 that will be equally distributed to the families of the slain policemen.
The donation represents the P30.00 personal contribution from the soldiers’ meal allowance.
“We have recognized the financial needs of the family members who were left by by our gallant policemen. This is a simple gesture of appreciation from their partners from the armed forces,” said Catapang.
General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr., the Chief of Staff of AFP, turned over the donation to Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge General Leonardo Espina 8 a.m. Tuesday (April 14) at the Office of the Chief, PNP, Camp Rafael Crame in Quezon City.
Voluntary donations from different sectors of the society have poured in for the legal dependents of the SAF44 and also for the AFP casualties in Maguindanao.
The AFP also incurred casualties in the subsequent clashes during the implementation of “all-out offensive” against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and terrorists like Basit Usman and Amin Bako in Maguindanao last February 25 to March 30.
Last March 19, around P1 million pesos was raised in a charity event concert dubbed “Songs for Heroes” which was given to families of the six (6) soldiers who were slain in the encounters. Part of the proceeds also went to more than thirty-three (33) other soldiers who were wounded there.