A MEMBER of the Special Action Force (SAF) who survived the Marawi siege was finally brought to his hometown in Tabao, Kapangan, Benguet after he was killed in a police operation in Mindanao.
Police Staff Sergeant Raygan Salbino of the 103rd Special Action Company of the Philippine National Police (PNP) died while serving a warrant of arrest against Abdulah Angatab Tauruc, a notorious gun for hire and drug personality, in Barangay Lilod, Marawi City on October 30.
Salbino was shot in his body, while his companion was wounded in the exchange of fire with Tauruc.
Salbino was a survivor of the five-month long Marawi siege and received the PNP heroism medal after the successful operation against the Islamic terrorists led by the Maute group in 2017.
He joined the SAF in 2011 after finishing at the Cordillera Career Development College, and in the span of eight years, received various awards such us the "Medalya ng Kagalingan, Kasanayan" and others given by the PNP.
Salbino's widow, Police Corporal Pretzel Salbino of the Cordillera Regional Mobil Force Battalion, continues to mourn the passing of her husband after being married just 11 months earlier. She said the slain soldier will not be able to see their future child.
Despite the mourning, the widow said she will continue her service with the PNP and strengthen the dedication shown by her husband to the police force.