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Police Senior Inspector Ryan Ballesteros Pabalinas

Ryan, who graduated from the Philippine National Police
Academy (PNPA) in 2006, loved being a policeman. He even
dressed his toddler daughter in tiny versions of his PNP uniforms.
To the rest of the country, Ryan is a policeman and a hero. But to
the people who loved him, he was Rye, a cherished husband,
father, son, brother, cousin, uncle, friend.

2. Police Senior Inspector John Garry Alcantara Erana

Garry, who graduated from the Philippine National Police
Academy as Baron of Class 2009, believed in the importance of
education. He was a man of ambition and his dreams werent just
his own. Wanting to secure a good future for him, his bride-to-be
and their future family, he helped finance Suzettes studies in New
Zealand, where she is taking a business course. He was pursuing
his doctorate at the time of his death.

3. Police Senior Inspector Max Jim Ramirez Tria

Max Jim Ramirez Tria, nicknamed Mac-mac by his family, was
the only one among five sons to follow in his fathers footsteps as
a policeman. The 27-year-old police officer from Virac,
Catanduanes, was proud to be a member of the Philippine National
Police Special Action Force (SAF).
Even before joining the SAF, Tria had attained top honors in sniper
school, commando and scout ranger training, and in handling
explosives and ordinance. Tria entered the Philippine National
Police Academy right after graduation from the CSU Laboratory
Schools and came out one of the youngest graduates.

4. Police Senior Insp. Cyrus Paleyan Anniban

Senior Insp. Cyrus Anniban of Balbalan, Kalinga province, was
part of the Philippine National Police Academys (PNPA) Class of
Described by many as humble, Cyrus was a born leader he was
a boy scout troop leader, he was a high school CAT officer, he was
company commander of his PNPA class.
His family members, friends, former teachers and classmates have
expressed their sorrow over his death. Some of them wear shirts
printed with his face, his batchmates at Saint Williams Academy
welcomed him back to their hometown with a banner.

5. Police Senior Inspector Gednat G. Tabdi

Senior Insp. Gednat Tabdi, 27, hails from Mountain Province and
was part of the Philippine National Police Academys Kapit-Bisig
Class of 2009. At 17, he made the leap from studying veterinary
medicine to enrolling at the police academy. He was 21 when he
He was dedicated to his job. He survived in 2013 the Zamboanga
City siege, where he witnessed the deaths of his friends and
comrades. While there, his goal became clear. He wanted to get
married and build a family.

6. Police Senior Inspector Joey Sacristan Gamutan

Senior Insp. Joey Gamutan, 33, and his wife Merlyn celebrated their seventh wedding
anniversary miles apart. It was Jan. 24, the day before the bloody operation that took his life. The
next day, despite being deep in the battle, Joey was able to call Merlyn one last time.

A day later, their firstborn turned 5. Joey and Merlyn have one other
child. The kids, whom Joey constantly checked on even while he
was away on deployment, will now grow up without their father.
7. Police Senior Inspector Rennie Lumasag Tayrus
Senior Insp. Rennie Tayrus, who hails
from Zamboanga del Sur province,
relished being a policeman, even if it
meant being deployed on his
birthday. His father did not live long
enough to see him graduate from the
Academy in 2011 he passed away
Rennies other family members were

Philippine National Police

the year before. But
there to celebrate with him.

Rennie found another

family in the members of the
Police Special Action Force (PNPSAF). Last September, he
posted a photo of his troop on
Facebook with the caption: Not all brothers have the same last name! He chronicled his life
with photographs his journey from cadet to senior inspector, his neatly folded uniforms and
his polished boots, the awards he won at the PNP-SAF Challenge 2013.
8. Senior Police Officer 1 Lover L. Inocencio
SPO1 Lover Inocencio of Davao del Norte province was a family
man. He spent the holidays with his wife Liezl and their only
child, who turned 5 two days before Christmas.
The 38-year-old served the country for 13 years, joining the
Philippine National Police in 2002.
He received a medal for his participation in the Zamboanga City

9. Police Officer 3 Rodrigo F. Acob Jr.

Until his death, Rodrigo Acob Jr. was a police officer through and through. Rodrigo, who grew
up in Aurora, Isabela province, graduated from Philippine College of Criminology in 2000 and
joined the SAF a year later.

On Facebook, his profile picture is the badge of the Philippine

National Police with the words, Not everyone is given this
privilege to serve and protect. This is the reason for our being
It is the lifeblood of our character The badge of winning your
heart and mind. Of this we are proud.
10. Police Officer 3 Virgel S. Villanueva

PO3 Virgel Villanueva, 39, is from San Pablo, Zamboanga del Sur province.
11. Police Officer 3 Andres Viernes Duque Jr.
PO3 Andres Duque Jr., 37, is from Aurora, Isabela province. He
joined the Philippine National Police in 2007.
Andres remains arrived in his hometown of Barangay Divisoria
around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. He was welcomed home by local
officials and policemen.

12. Police Officer 3 Victoriano Nacion Acain

PO3 Victoriano Acain, 32, joined the PNP in 2006.

Originally from Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte province, he

graduated from Gutalac National High School and Andres
Bonifacio College.

13. Police Officer 3 Noel Onangey Golocan

PO3 Noel Golocan, 34, will be remembered by relatives for his
smiling face; his wife Angeli has up a profile photo with him on
her Facebook page.
Noel graduated high school in 1998 from Lepanto National High
School in Mankayan, Benguet province. He continued his studies at
University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City before joining the
Special Action Force.

14. Police Officer 3 Junrel Kibete

The Philippine flag is flying half-mast at Sta. Catalina National
High School where PO3 Junrel Kibete graduated.
Junrel, or Jun to friends and family, spent his younger years in
Negros Oriental province.
His childhood friend Dindo Campo told the Inquirer: Mula noong
bata pa kami ang nakita ko kay Jun mabait na tao talaga siya. Hindi
malakwatsa. Mula noong nasa high school pa pa siya CAT officer
na siya, hanggang college officer pa din. Mabungisngis, palatawa
(kahit may) problema.

15. Police Officer 3 Jedz-in Abubakar Asjali

PO3 Jedz-in Asjali and his family lost their home in the Zamboanga
City siege last year; they had to evacuate. But that didnt stop Jedz
from serving the country. Originally from Western Mindanao
University, the 38-year-old joined the Philippine National
Police (PNP) in 2002.
Jedz was the breadwinner of the family. He had four siblings,
including a younger brother Ibrahim who wanted to join him in the
PNP Special Action Force. His mother told Bombo Radyo that the
last time he left their home, he gave her a kiss and told her not to be
sad, that he would be back because he still needed to get married.

16. Police Officer 3 Robert Dommolog Allaga

Robert Allaga, 35, joined the Philippine National Police in 2005. He
was from Banaue, Ifugao province.
An uncle said Robert spent his childhood in the mining town of
Itogon while his father worked at the Antamok mines.
Robert graduated from a criminology course at University of
Baguio. His remains were laid to rest beside the Allaga familys
ancestral house in Sitio Patok, Barangay Poitan. Pallbearers had to
use an allasiw or batawil (bamboo cradle) to carry his flagdraped coffin to the remote area.

17. Police Officer 3 John Lloyd Rebamonte Sumbilla

Thirty-three-year-old PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla had always
wanted to die in battle.
His wife Rachel, who he married last September, said, Lagi
niyang sinasabi sa akin yun. Ayaw niyang mamatay sa kung saan
lang. Gusto niyang mamatay na lumalaban.
John Lloyd grew up in Eastern Samar, where his father was once
the police chief of Sulat town. He valued his work as a policeman
even though he felt like people didnt always appreciate it.
18. Police Officer 2 Amman Misuari Esmula

PO2 Amman Misuari Esmula, 34, became active in the Philippine

National Police Special Action Force in 2006. He was from
Zamboanga City and a graduate of Western Mindanao State
He leaves behind his wife Elisa and their five children.
At the necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, she
told Agence France-Presse that she could not take the combat medal
from President Aquino: My head was spinning. I was confused. I
still cant believe what happened to my husband.
19. Police Officer 2 Peterson I. Carap
PO2 Peterson Carap, 36 and from Benguet province, joined the
Philippine National Police in 2007.
Petersons wife Janet and Solomon Agayso, Petersons classmate and
teammate who survived the bloody encounter, told GMA about
Petersons last moments of heroism.
Solomon said, Naghahanap sila kung sino mag-point man sa team
namin. Ako ang tinatawag pero siya ang nag-volunteer, siya ang
nagsabing Ako na lang. Pag nasa unahan ka kasi, ikaw ang

20. Police Officer 2 Roger Cordero

PO2 Roger Cordero may have died in Mamasapano, Maguindanao
province, but he leaves behind in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat province, a
son who wants to follow in his fathers footsteps.
Archidaniel, his mother Ellen told the Inquirer, is the spitting image
of his father, who he continues to look up to. Already, at 9 years old,
he wants to be a policeman.

21. Police Officer 2 Nicky D.C. Nacino Jr.

Some people called him Nicky, others called him Dondon.

Two days after his death, PO2 Nicky Nacino Jr.s brother-in-law posted
a video tribute for him. He wrote: Salamat Nicky Napakbait at
mapagmahal na kaptid, ama at asawa Makakaasa kang di namin
pababayaan ang iyong mag-ina. We salute you! Isa kang tunay na
bayani. We love you.

22. Police Officer 2 Glenn Berecio Bedua

PO2 Glenn Bedua, who had been active with the Philippine National
Police since 2006, was originally from Dulag, Leyte province.
His assignment in Zamboanga City led him to meet his wife Adelisa.
They met on Christmas in 2010. Two years later, they were married.
Their son Glenden is not even a year old. Inquirer photographer Grig
Montegrande took a photo of Glenns son reaching out to touch his

23. Police Officer 2 Chum Goc-ong Agabon

Chum, who hails from Iligan City, was only 31 when he lost his life. There are many things
Chum could have written in the work section of his Facebook profile:
Police officer. SAF. Elite commando. Black beret. But instead, he
wrote Peacemaker.
Chum had been trying help keep peace in the country since 2009
when he joined the Philippine National Police. He received a Medal
of Valor for his participation in the arrest of Abu Sayyaf member
Yatim Batah (Yatin Hakimin).

24. Police Officer 2 Richelle Salangan Baluga

PO2 Richelle Baluga of Piat, Cagayan Valley, joined the Philippine National Police in 2008.

The 32-year-old and his best friend PO1 Oliebeth Viernes, also from
Piat, both died in the Mamasapano operation.
A friend of 10 years described him on Twitter as a brave yet very calm

25. Police Officer 2 Noel Nebrida Balaca

PO2 Noel Balaca, 27 and a native of Oras, Eastern Samar province,
would also be remembered for his beautiful voice.
This his classmate from Philippine College of Criminology after
which he passed the Criminology Licensure Examination in 2010
made sure to mention in a Facebook post she shared to groups
dedicated to the 44 slain soldiers.
Noel was also good friends with PO2 Rodel Ramacula. Their multiple
photos during and beyond training camps filled the Facebook feeds of
their fellow classmates. They were also classmates with Police
Officers 1 Windel Candano, Angel Kodiamat and Mark Lory
Clemencio. Together, they belonged to Mabikas Class of 2010.
26. Police Officer 2 Joel Bimidang Dulnuan
PO2 Joel Dulnuan did not let obstacles get in his way.
In his desire to finish his degree in BS Criminology at University of the
Cordilleras, he worked hard, first as a janitor and then a crew member at
a fast food joint, according to the Philippine News Agency.

27. Police Officer 2 Godofredo Basak Cabanlet

PO2 Godofredo Cabanlet a native of Lanao del Norte province joined the Philippine National
Police in 2008 after graduating with a degree in BS Criminology from Misamis University. He

was proud to be part of the SAF. He loved his job so much that he used
his Tagaligtas patch as his Facebook profile picture.

28. Police Officer 2 Franklin Cadap Danao

Franklin, originally from Tinoc, Ifugao province, joined the Philippine
National Police Special Action Force in 2008. He was a veteran of the
Zamboanga City siege and a recipient of a Medal of Heroism for his
courage and gallantry in action.

29. Police Officer 2 Walner Faustino Danao

Online, PO2 Walner Danao and his wife make no secret their love
and adoration for their daughter Juliana Elize.
The names on both their Facebook accounts have been changed to
include her name, their walls littered with Juliana Elizes chubby
cheeks and smiling face.
Walner, who originally hailed from Belance, Nueva Vizcaya
province, graduated from University of the Cordilleras in Baguio

30. Police Officer 2 Jerry Dailay Kayob

PO2 Jerry Kayob was honored along with six other policemen hailing from the Cordillera region
during a Mass at the headquarters of the Cordillera police. His remains arrived early morning on
Jan. 31.

Family, friends and other mourners paid their last respects to Jerry
via prayers, song and dance, and personal stories in La Trinidad,
Benguet province. GMAs Unang Hirit reported that his face was
covered with his uniform inside the casket to hide the wounds
inflicted on his head.

31. Police Officer 2 Noble Sungay Kiangan

PO2 Noble Kiangan was the lone bomb expert among the 44 members
of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force that went to
Mamasapano, Maguindanao province.
He passed the Criminology Board Examination after graduating from
Mountain Province State Polytechnic College in 2007.
His cousin was the deputy commander of the 5th Special Action
Battalion, to which 35 of the slain soldiers belonged.

32. Police Officer 2 Ephraim G. Mejia

When PO2 Ephraim Mejia returned home safe after defending
Zamboanga City during the siege in 2013, his family thought the worst
was over.
But on the morning of Jan. 25, Ephraims wife Miya dreamt of gunshots,
her husband struggling to carry two big bags.
That same day, Buk Ephraims nickname was killed along with 43
others in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, during a mission to hunt
down one of the worlds most dangerous terrorists.
33. Police Officer 2 Omar Agacer Nacionales
PO2 Omar Nacionales, 27, never bragged about his status as a member of the elite Special
Action Force of the Philippine National Police.

His neighbor in Luna, La Union province, told INQUIRER.net, He

was quiet, unassuming and never bragged about his police work. They
found out the details of his work only after his death while on duty in
Mamasapano, Maguindanao province.

34. Police Officer 2 Rodel Eva Ramacula

PO2 Rodel Ramacula a native of Rosario, Northern Samar
province was good friends with PO2 Noel Balaca, his classmate
at police academy, from which they graduated in 2010. Their
multiple photos during and beyond training camps filled the
Facebook feeds of their fellow classmates.
Among his accomplishments as a member of the Philippine
National Police Special Action Force was a Medal of Merit
dated Oct. 1, 2013 for his meritorious and invaluable services
rendered as member of the SAF. He was also one of the soldiers
who defended Zamboanga City during the siege on Sept. 9, 2013.

35. Police Officer 2 Romeo Valles Senin II

PO2 Romeo Senin II died a hero.
This his sister Rose Keidy Senin says again and again on her
Facebook account. #MyHero, she says. A hero indeed, she repeats.
Rose will miss, among many other memories of her older brother,
their yearly kakulitan when shed go home every December, her
Kuya Romeos arm draped on her shoulders when together, the
laughter whenever she was mistaken for his wife or girlfriend.
I wanna tell the whole world how proud i am to be your sister..
you are our HERO! Rose reposts.

36. Police Officer 1 Russel Bawaan Bilog

PO1 Russel Bilog joined the Philippine National Police in 2011 after
completing his degree in BS Criminology from University of the
The remains of the 28-year-old, who hails from the Mountain Province,
were welcomed by the the people who loved him. Sagada elders
performed rituals to pay tribute to the fallen hero.

37. Police Officer 1 Angel C. Kodiamat

For PO1 Angel Kodiamat a native of Bontoc, Mountain Province
a life of police service runs in the family.
Angel was one of 10 members of his clan who work as police
officers, according to cousin Supt. Jerome Afuyog.
He graduated from Mountain Province State Polytechnic College
in 2009.
Angel was honored along with six other policemen hailing from
the Cordillera region during a Mass at the headquarters of the
Cordillera police. His remains arrived early morning on Jan. 31.
38. Police Officer 1 Windell Llano Candano
PO1 Windel Candano a native of Dumanjug, Cebu province will
be remembered as a man who left no soldier behind on the battlefield.
Days after the deadly clash at Mamasapano, Maguindanao province,
surviving members of the Philippine National Police Special Action
Force (PNP-SAF) spoke highly of the trained medic. They shared
with Windels wife Michelle how Windel, instead of choosing to
escape the battle that fateful day, stayed behind and dragged the
wounded to safer ground and treated them.

39. Police Officer 1 Loreto Guyab Capinding II

At the necrological services for the slain 44 policemen at Camp

Bagong Diwa in Taguig, the mother of PO1 Loreto Capinding II let
out one hysterical wail after another at the sight of her sons coffin.
Para sa akin mahirap nang magsalita (For me, its hard to speak),
Anastacia told the Inquirer. Ang hiling lang namin sana managot na
yung dapat managot. Eh namatay na yung mga anak namin sa
pagtatanggol sa bansa (Our only wish is for the perpetrators to be
held accountable. Our children died defending the country).

40. Police Officer 1 Gringo Charag Cayang-o

PO1 Gringo Cayang-o was from Sadanga, Mountain Province.
In 2010, he graduated from Mountain Province State Polytechnic College
and passed the Criminologist Licensure Examination.
Gringo was honored along with six other policemen hailing from the
Cordillera region during a Mass at the headquarters of the Cordillera
police. His remains arrived early morning on Jan. 31.

41. Police Officer 1 Romeo Cumanoy Cempron

PO1 Romeo Cempron, based in Zamboanga City as part of the
Philippine National Police Special Action Force, wanted to seek
reassignment to Cebu province after five years of service in order to
be closer to Christine, his wife of three years.

42. Police Officer 1 Mark Lory Orloque Clemencio

Before PO1 Mark Clemencio joined the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNPSAF), he worked as an instructor in Tacloban City.

He and his family survived Supertyphoon Yolanda (international

name: Haiyan) when it ravaged Eastern Visayas in November 2013.
Mark also worked at Adamson University as a teacher before his
Originally from Cariaga, Leyte province, Mark was based in
Zamboanga City as part of the PNP-SAF. He graduated from
Philippine College of Criminology as part of Mabikas Class of
2010, to which four others slain belonged: Police Officers 2 Noel
Balaca and Rodel Ramacula, and Police Officers 1 Windel Candano
and Angel Kodiamat.

43. Police Officer 1 Joseph Gumatay Sagonoy

On Jan. 25, 2015, PO1 Joseph Sagonoy, 26, was seen online on
His older brother James, an overseas Filipino worker in United Arab
Emirates, messaged him immediately when he saw the green dot
beside Josephs name. Tol, kamusta ka na? Hope youre OK dyan
(Brother, how are you? Hope youre OK there), James said.
He knew that Joseph was in Mindanao for a mission right after just
finishing training. They last spoke via phone call three day earlier
before Joseph left for Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
44. Police Officer 1 Oliebeth Ligutan Viernes
PO1 Oliebeth Ligutan Viernes, from Tuguegarao City, had dreams of
seeing his wife Virgie sign up for the police force.
He was always envious of couples who are both serving in the
Philippine National Police, so he also dreamed that one day, I can join
him there, she said.
Its a dream that she intends to turn into a reality after his tragic death
at the age of 34.
I would want to assume the position left behind by my husband, Virgie told the Inquirer.

After graduating from Cagayan College with a degree in BS Criminology, Oliebeth joined the
PNP in 2007.