803rd Brigade joins
the funeral march for the brave Catarman 8, thousands of Catarmanons
cries for justice
By 803rd Infantry Brigade, 8ID PA
September 5, 2010
Samar Ė The remains of the seven Philippine National Police who were
brutally killed by the New Peopleís Army in an ambush last August 21,
2010 were brought to their final resting place on Thursday (September
2, 2010) at Don Paco Cemetery, Catarman, Northern Samar.
The 803rd Brigade
joined the thousands of friends, relatives and families that gathered
in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Catarman to show respect to
the PNP officers who sacrificed their lives in the performance of
their duties. The Funeral Mass was officiated by no less than the
Bishop of the Diocese of Catarman, His Excellency Bishop Emmanuel D.
Trance. In His homily, Bishop Trance manifested strong condemnation of
the gruesome murders of the brave eight peacekeeping officers and
exhorted the people to pray for peace.
During the procession,
hundreds of supporters of the victims carried placards and streamers
condemning the barbaric acts of the CPP/NPA. The funeral procession
went around the town before proceeding to the
Municipal Public Cemetery.
families and relatives of the victims cried for justice. The Armed
Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and other
local enforcement units assured the families of their efforts to bring
the perpetrators to answer for this dastardly act.
Colonel Lopez, 803rd
Brigade Commander, expressed that the brigade will continue its
offensive against the local terrorist in order to hasten their defeat,
thus paving way for peace and development in Northern Samar.