Wake of PO2 Anthony Rey Nazareno who died in Inabanga clash with the Abu Sayyaf bandits.  Courtesy: Ern Pahayahay

Wake of PO2 Anthony Rey Nazareno who died in Inabanga clash with the Abu Sayyaf bandits. PHOTO COURTESY: ERN PAHAYAHAY

CALAPE, Bohol – Muddy highway stopped President Duterte from attending the wake of the lone policeman killed in an encounter with the Abu Sayyaf members in Inabanga city, Bohol, final week.

Instead, Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Philippine National Police chief, visited the household of PO2 Rey Anthony Nazareno in Barangay Ulbujan right here and conferred the Medalya ng Kadakilaan (Heroism Medal) in recognition of Nazareno’s bravery and dedication.

“The recognition is due him. He did a good job,” he later advised reporters in Cebu City.

Mr. Duterte was in Tagbilaran City on Wednesday afternoon to attend a safety briefing with police, army, native and Cabinet officers on the clash with the Abu Sayyaf in Inabanga and the continuing Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit (Asean) conferences in Panglao.

After the assembly, the President was supposed to go to the wake of Nazareno in Calape, about 41 km from the capital metropolis of Tagbilaran and fewer an hour away by non-public automobile.

Mr. Duterte advised reporters that the army suggested him to not proceed as a result of the helicopter would have issue touchdown in the village for the reason that space was muddy.

Barangay Ulbujan the place the Nazarenos stay is about three km from the national freeway.

“Ngayon sana..ano daw the military advised today maputik daw at malayo. Talagang maputik yung lugar (I was supposed to visit now but the military advised me today that the area is muddy and far. The area is very muddy),” he stated.

“So nandito naman, I just expressed my condolences to the family,” he added. “Mahirapan ang helicopter, napakaputik, mahirapan ang helicopter (The helicopter would have difficulty because it was very muddy).”

Mr. Duterte stayed in Tagbilaran for no less than three hours earlier than going to Manila.

A day earlier than the supposed go to, members of the Presidential Management Staff went to the home of the Nazarenos and introduced a funeral wreath and money help from Malacañang.

Nazareno, 30, and the youngest in a brood of 4, was one of many 4 authorities troopers killed throughout a clash with the suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf in Barangay Napo, Inabanga.

He was killed lower than a month after finishing his coaching on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) final March.

Other authorities fatalities had been 2nd Lieutenant Espelito Saldua, Jr., Corporal Meljun Cajaban and Sergeant John Dexter Duero.

Four members of the bandit group had been additionally killed together with their chief Abu Rami.

Dela Rosa arrived in Barangay Ulbujan in Calape city previous 7 p.m., on board a van from Tagbilaran, stated Senior Insp. Cresente Gurrea, Calape police station chief.

He handed the Medalya ng Kadakilaan and monetary help to Nazareno’s dad and mom Dominador and Galvencia.

Gurrea stated Dela Rosa stayed in the wake for an hour earlier than going again to Tagbilaran the place he had dinner with Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto on the Governor’s Mansion.

He then proceeded to the port in Tubigon city the place he took a fastcraft to Cebu City so he might take an early morning flight to Manila.

In an interview with reporters in Cebu City, Dela Rosa stated the household was pleased with what their son did for the nation.

“Although the family grieved the loss of a loved one, they are still proud that he (Nazareno) offered his life for the country,” he stated.

“Losing one’s life is part of the life of a policeman’s life. We just have to be careful,” he added.

Dominador, 61, stated he thanked the federal government for the help.

“Wala ko nagmahay nga namatay akong anak tungod kay nakasilbi siya sa atong nasud. Ang among hangyo lang sa Presidente nga mahurot na unta nang mga Abu Sayyaf (I didn’t regret that my son is dead because he was able to serve the country. My appeal to the President is that he finishes off all members of the Abu Sayyaf,” stated Dominador.


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