Erica Pabalinas, widow of slain policeman Sr. Insp. Ryan Pabalinas, asks President Benigno Aquino III for help to attain justice during the necrological service for the 44 fallen members of the Philippine National Police (PNP)- Special Action Force (SAF),who were killed in the January 25 Mamasapano clash with Muslim rebel fighters, at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, south of Manila, on 30 Jaunary 2015.The memorial service coincides with the observance of the National Day of Mourning declared by the President, in honor of the 44 elite policemen who were killed after a bloody firefight with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25, during an operation to arrest two suspected terrorists â Malaysian Jemaah Islamiyah leader Zulkifli bin Hir also known as Marwan and Filipino bomb maker Abdulbasit Usman, Yahoo News reported.
The widow of one of the slain Special Action Force members showed admirable strength as the country bestowed honors for her husband.
Speaking at the necrological services for the fallen SAF policemen at Camp Bagong Diwa, Erica Pabalinas fought back tears as she remembered the last conversation with her husband Ryan.
“Should I be sad that I lost my husband or should I be proud? My husband gave his life to claim peace. He placed service [for] the people before anything else,” Pabalinas said.
She recalled that prior that fateful day, she asked her husband not to go to work anymore but he was firm in carrying out his duty.
Pabalinas said she is slowly trying to accept her husband’s death, consoled by the idea that he died a hero.
“For the grieving wives just like me, let us be strong for our children, because behind every brave SAF trooper is a strong wife,” Pabalinas said.Pabalinas also said the operation was not about the money.
“[They] pursued operations not because of the tag price. If just for that we could have been richer,” said Pabalinas.
She then called on President Beningo “Noynoy” Aquino III, who was at the audience, to immediately help provide justice.
“All i ask right now is justice not only for my husband who was brutally killed but for everyone who fought and fell…to our president we seek for your help to attain justice, please, sir president, please help us,” she said.