MANILA - Three days ahead of the second anniversary of the Mamasapano clash, the Philippine National Police (PNP), through a solemn bike ride on Sunday, paid tribute to the 44 Special Action Forces slain in the bloodbath.
Families of the "SAF 44" were among over 1,000 bicyclists, mostly policemen, who participated in the "Commemorative Ride for the Heroes."
Policemen kicked off the event by offering prayers and flowers for the fallen heroes at a 6 a.m. program at the SAF headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig.
The participants then biked 44 kilometers along a route that started at Luneta Park in Manila; then the SAF headquarters; down to SM Sta. Rosa and the SAF Training School in Fort Sto. Domingo, both in Laguna; and ended at the Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.
On January 25, the nation will commemorate the second anniversary of the Mamasapano clash, which saw over 60 individuals, including 44 SAF troopers, killed in an anti-terror operation.
A jont Senate committee report earlier said former President Benigno Aquino III was ''ultimately responsible'' for the botched mission to neutralize Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and his Filipino cohort Basit Usman.
-- With a report from Ron Lopez, DZMM