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Igorot Warrior Roots of SAF 44

Image:  CNN Philippines

After the initial shock of the Mamasapano tragedy, what struck me next was the family names and features of some of the Fallen 44 SAF commandos.

This CNN Philippines report adds to the sadness as it confirms 13 of the the commandos were Igorots/ Cordillerans and 2/3 of the elite SAF come from the warrior tribes of the Northern Philippines, people I have always admired and have been proud of.  They have been headhunters for centuries but as they embraced the Philippine State they have channeled their bravery and instincts towards protecting our civilian population.

I hope the national cry for justice will prevail.  I believe in all out peace but how can there be peace without justice?

Read a related story by Frank Cimatu at Rappler.com:

SLAIN SAF:  Beware When the Cordillerans Don't Weep.

NatGeo Interactive:  Bontoc Igorot headhunters pose with their weapons and shields


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