Bicol police chief 's heart bleeds for slain SAF troopers

LEGAZPI CITY Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol Regional Director Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona said his heart is bleeding for the members of the PNP Special Action Force who met a tragic death in Mindanao.

PNP Bicol Regional Director Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Deona said that before he became the PNP Bicol chief, he had served for a long time as head of the operation’s unit of the police force.

"I personally witnessed with my own eyes and felt with my heart how my companions died in the line of their sworn duty to the country," he said with emotion, adding that "that's why, I feel what the people around them feel, especially their bereaved families."

The top Bicol police official said he and his men are extending their deep condolences to the grieving families of their fallen colleagues.

"It's sad but we have to accept it," Deona said.

He said his men in the PNP Bicol are still full of moral and the incident should not affect their work.

"For a police officer, emotions should not rule. Emotions must be contained and we must be guided by reasons,” the police official said.

In this kind of mission, he said, any officer should not forget the lessons of past incidents like that experienced by the slain SAF troopers.

Deona advised that in this kind of mission, one must follow the standard operating procedure to avoid similar incidents.

He said there are junior officers in PNP Bicol who were classmates of the victims and they expressed deep sorrow as they recalled the good old memories of their being together for four years at the Philippine National Police Academy.

Sr. Supt. Marlo Meneses, officer-in-charge of the Albay PPO, shared Deona's sentiments.

Deona has ordered the Philippine flag in half mast in all police stations in the Bicol Region.(PNA)

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