|Spectators and police officers from Manila and |
Pangasinan were in solemnity during the
necrological service of San Quintin's, Pangasinan
fallen hero PO2 Christopher Hernaez at
the town's plaza.
By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
SAN QUINTIN, Pangasinan – People in and out of this town were treated with a huge colorful military honor after the mayor here initiated a hero’s funeral to a police commando who died fighting Muslim rebels that attacked recently Zamboanga City.
|Hernaez's older brother eulogized as two commandos|
guard the casket of the slain Special Action
|Mayor Clark Cecil Tiu and Pangasinan Police|
Provincial Director Marlou Chan (3rd and
4th from right respectively) queue to
offer flowers to their fallen town mate.
The awarding of the assistance and the resolution acknowledging the heroic deeds of Hernaez were handed by the mayor, Vice Mayor Napoleon N. Co, and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan (town council) to the bereaved family of the town’s hero during the necrological service held here last September 18.
The verdant town, according to Tiu, is one of the biggest producers of graduates from the Philippine Military Academy and the Philippine National Police Academy in Pangasinan.
|TV photo grabbed from the burial. Two|
national TV networks cover the funeral.
Senior Superintendent Chan, a proud son of this town and one of the proponents of the colorful burial, is a member of PMA class of 1985.
Hernaez is from Barangay Bantog here. He was born in July 22, 1981 and died fighting the Moro National Liberation Front in Zamboanga City in September 11 this year.
|The slain son of San Quintin who fought for freedom|
|"May the Force be with you, commando" Colonel Chan|
seems to utter as he and two SAF members extend their
snappiest salute to a hero.
|Gun Salute for a fallen comrade-in-arms|