By Cherry Joy D. Garma
LAOAG CITY – Even without the remains of Mamasapano hero PO2 Omar Nacionales, Ilocanos paid tribute to their “kailian” (provincemate) who was killed with other Philippine National Police-Special Action Force troopers in the Maguindanao clash on Sunday(January 25).
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Capitol grounds last Friday(January 30) in the presence of Nacionales’ family, the provincial police force, Muslim leaders, local officials and government employees .
Nacionales was born in Barangay Escoda in Marcos, Ilocos Norte. His father lives in the family home in Luna town in La Union where his remains have been taken.
Marcos said she felt the loss of the Nacionales family like a mother of three young men.
“As a mother of three young men, the same age of our dearly departed Omar, I cannot imagine the tragedy and sadness that you can now undergo. It is beyond us…. the grief that you feel and yet we lend you our very best prayers and share with you the sadness that you undergo,” she said.
Like many Filipinos, Marcos said she condemns the crime and hopes to “seek justice to this tragic waste of talent, courage and bravery.”
“Inaasahan ko na kung hindi man all-out peace ang makamtan ng ating kapulisan at kasundaluhan, all-out justice man lang para sa ating kailian na si Omar Nacionales. Importante na kasama niya, matugis kung sino ang gumawa ng karumal-dumal na krimeng ito, kung sino man ang nag-order at nagpakana ng walang kakuwenta-kuwentang planong nauwi sa trahedya at massacre (If we can’t attain all-out peace for our police and military force, at least attain all-out justice for our fellow Ilocano Omar Nacionales. It is important that we track down whoever did this dreadful crime and the mastermind of this insignificant plan which ended up as tragedy and massacre),” the governor said.
Marcos also expressed her desire for a leadership and unity which the police and military forces deserve for their exceptional skills and bravery.
“We pray also for our police forces and for all those who defend the peace and security of our country that they may one day have the leadership that they deserve as they continue to lay down their lives and sacrifice their families, everything, unto death, for the good of this republic, and for every citizen of the country,” she added. (MCA/CDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)
By Cherry Joy D. Garma