Department of Justice will file charges against the responsible of Fallen 44 killing.
A total of 44 SAF personnel were killed during the encounter at Mamasapano, consider as the highest fatalities of government forces in a single time operation. The incident was refer to misencounter or a massacre, later became trending on social media called #Fallen 44.
The Mamasapano clash, police operation by special Action Forces or SAF of the Philippine National Police on 25 January 2015, Sunday at Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Their mission was to serve arrest warrants for high-ranking terrorists, however, leads to deaths of 44 members of SAF.
Department of Justice assured to keep on eye on the incident and to file case against the killer. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima stated, “We are filing the cases in a month’s time”. Said cases would be filed against 90 respondents identified in the first part of the report, National Bureau of Investigation .
SAF 44 killed and 12 other police officers were wounded in action by the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. The incident caught the attention of many Filipinos, government officials, especially the attention of the Philippine President. Families of victims seek justice.
Relieved SAF commander Getulio Napeñas, estimates about 250 casualties from the joint MILF, BIFF, and private militias during the encounter. Though not confirmed and was met with skepticism since aside from the fact that there was no actual body count, no acceptable level of evidence to prove.
Government extends help to the families of SAF 44. Their children now assured of educational assistance. Philippine National Police spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor claimed, program would cover the school expenses of the beneficiaries until they finish college, 46 children of the SAF 44 commandos were granted Educational Assistance Certificates. Napolcom granted scholarships to 43 others, siblings, nephews or nieces of the fallen commandos. IMAGE/AP Photo/Bullit Marquez