CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Inspector Edwin Placido, the Kapampangan police officer killed during the Marawi siege, received a hero’s welcome from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon last Tuesday, November 7.
Placido, who served as deputy police chief of then embattled Marawi City, was one of the two Kapampangan police officers killed by ISIS-inspired Maute group during their initial clash between government troops.
Before being deployed to Marawi City, the City of San Fernando native was first detailed at PRO-Central Luzon, Camp Olivas in this city.
PRO-Central Luzon Director Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus led the ceremony where funeral honors, vigil guards and other interment services were conducted in honor of Placido.
During the ceremony held at the Camp Olivas parade grounds, Corpus expressed his condolences to the family of the late police officer who sacrificed his life for Marawi’s freedom.
“To the family of the late Inspector Placido, the entire Police Regional Office III can never be prouder of him who chose to die fighting to liberate Marawi City and to spare our country from possible multiple terror attacks. He served in the best tradition of the Philippine National Police (PNP) by answering the call in bravery and in sacrifice,” Corpus said.
He also lamented the loss of another courageous member of the PNP and a son of Kapampangan race.
“Nakakalungkot isipin na isa sa ating mga kasama at kapatid sa serbisyo ay nasawi ngunit alam naman nating lahat na ang buhay nating mga pulis ay laging nasa panganib. And still, we continuously perform our mandated tasks even finding ways and means to go beyond our call of duty,” he added.
As a show of mourning, the Philippine flag at Camp Olivas flew at half -mast as an expression of great respect for the bravery and heroism of Placido.