At burial of slain SAF commando, widow says she doesn’t expect justice under Aquino  

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/ 07 Feb) – At the burial Saturday of Police Officer 2 Roger Cordero, one of 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF) slain in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, his visibly angry widow, Ellen, led the call for justice even as “we know that it is impossible under this administration.”

Amid excruciating heat, members of the PNP-SAF assigned at the provincial office served as pall bearers as they brought Cordero’s casket to the cemetery. Ellen’s call for justice was shared by relatives, friends, local officials and Alpha Phi Omega fraternity members calling for justice.

Necrological services at the town gymnasium preceded the emotion-filled funeral march. SAF members assigned in Sultan Kudarat police provincial office served as pallbearers.

At the memorial park, SAF rendered a gun-salute with other policemen and men in civilian clothes firing their guns in anger.  White balloons were released by Cordero’s loved ones.

She said Roger had plans for their 9-year-old son. “We want our son to join the PNPA (Philippine National Police Academy) but with what happened, I backed off.  I lost Roger. Our son is my only treasure now, I don’t want him to suffer the fate of his dad.”

“I think he is guilty,” Ellen said of suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Allan whose resignation as police chief President Aquino accepted Friday.

Ellen said she did not listen to President Aquino’s statement to the nation Friday because “there’s nothing new there.” (Ferdinandh Cabrera / MindaNews)