Kin of fallen SAF: We don’t want blood money

By , on March 9, 2015


President Benigno S. Aquino III offers a moment of silent prayer before the remains of the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on Friday (January 30, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III offers a moment of silent prayer before the remains of the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on Friday (January 30, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA — A widow of one of the fallen elite policemen killed in the Mamasapano encounter is still seeking for justice and accountability for her husband’s death, forty four days after the tragic incident.

“We want the government and our national leaders to know that we do not want blood money. We don’t want blood money for the deaths of our husbands. We families of the 44 men, seek one thing, for the truth and justice to be served,” said Erica Pabalinas widow of Chief Inspector Ryan Pabalinas.

She also expressed her disappointment that there is still no clear result of investigations being conducted by the government to look into the operation.

“It has been 44 days and each day has not been easier. We wake up to the reality that 44 days since their deaths that we are not closer to knowing the truth behind their deaths,” she said.

Pablinas made the statement during the the Mass after the sympathy walk for the slain 44 policemen on Sunday morning.

“Again, I say Mr. President, please help us gain justice and know the truth. I say again Mr. President, please serve us justice and truth.”

Pablinas was the woman who boldly demanded justice from President Benigno Aquino on her speech delivered during the necrological service for the slain commandos in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

“Ryan was a law enforcer. He committed himself to the service of rendering and delivering justice, upholding the law and help those who seek out justice. That’s why it’s so hard for us to understand why and how is the justice being unselfishly served and delivered to those who needed it,” she said.