PGIN to extend additional support to kin of Ilocano SAF 44 member


Jan. 25, 2016 ...

A year after the Mamasapano encounter which led to the death of 44 Philippine National Police–Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troops including Ilocos Norte’s son PO3 Omar Nacionales, the provincial government vows continuous support to his family.

In a press conference held earlier today, Governor Imee Marcos said that the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has already granted full scholarship to Nacionales’ sister, Aleta, who is currently a second-year college student of a business-related course.

Nacionales’ older brother, Hadji, has also been assisted to work at the Department of Public Works and Highways–Ilocos. Finishing only three years of Civil Engineering, Gov. Marcos hopes to extend assistance until he graduates with a complete degree.

The family recalled that after entering the service, Omar served as their breadwinner and vowed to support the education of his siblings.

Gov. Marcos hopes that the support given will ease their burden of losing their breadwinner and serve as a way of fulfilling Omar’s dreams for his family.

She added that “the Local Government Unit of Marcos, (where the family hails from) is also working out some land and now some (livelihood assistance).”

While his father, Dominador, said they are yet to receive housing and livelihood assistance from the national government, he thanked Gov. Marcos for her immediate and continuous support to them.

“I’ve been hearing that they (national government) have already fulfilled their obligations to the slain SAF troopers but we are still waiting. However, we thank Governor Marcos for empathizing with us and for her relentless support to our family,” he said in Ilocano.

Meanwhile, Gov. Marcos expressed her admiration to the Nacionales family for becoming an inspiration through their strength and humility.

“Hindi lamang si Omar Nacionales ang banuar ti amianan (hero of the north), kundi pati ang pamilya niya. Alam naman natin kung gaano kahirap ang buhay at talagang very humbletalaga ang kanila kubo, ang kanilang [pagsasaka]—napakahirap talaga ng buhay nila, subalit walang hiningi kundi pag-aaral at kabuhayan. May this be an inspiration to the rest of us.”

She further said that PGIN will continue extending assistance to the family as a way of expressing gratitude to Nacionales’ gallantry.

Marking the first year anniversary of the Mamasapano incident, PGIN conducted a commemorative ceremony today, January 25, at the Provincial Capitol grounds in honor of Ilocos Norte’s SAF son and his 43 fellow commandos.

It was attended by the provincial police force, Muslim leaders, local officials, government employees and relatives of PO3 Nacionales.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has also ordered the cities and municipalities since last week to join the province in mourning by putting the Philippine flags at half-mast as a sign of respect to the SAF’s bravery and heroism.