The “Forty-four”…policemen heroes of Mamasapano

The “Forty-Four”
…policemen heroes of Mamasapano
By Apolinario Villalobos

At Mamasapano…there at Maguindanao
the “forty-four” met their fate,
Pawned by one whose selfish desire,
Led them to the fatal mire.

Wasted youth …..
but never their courage,
Wasted strength ….
But never their ideals,
That like the wind ……
shall blow without end.

(The “forty-four” policemen, mostly young, were massacred at Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015. They were members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police who tried to serve the warrant of arrest to two notorious terrorists, Abdulbasit Usman and Zulkipli Bin Hir alias Abu Marwan. Unfortunately, the contingent was surprised by an ambush staged by the BIFF, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that claimed “misencounter” due to the lack of coordination, but which most Filipinos did not believe.)

May Isang Mildred…

May Isang Mildred…
(para kay Mildred Palabrica-Balili)
Ni Apolinario Villalobos

May isang Mildred akong nakilala
Ngiti niya sa labi ay talagang kaaya-aya
Kaya hindi pagtatakhang kanyang mabighani
Ang mga binatang naghahanap ng isang mayumi.

Naging kaisang-dibdib ay mapalad
Hirap ma’y natamo ang “oo” na hangad
Kaya lahat, ginawa upang kanyang maipakita –
Na hindi nagkamali si Mildred sa pagpili sa kanya.

Pinuhunan nilang pagmamahalan –
Kapalit, masaya’t maaliwalas na tahanan
Puno ng buhay dahil sa matitikas nilang supling
Kaya sa panginoon, sila’y wala na yatang mahihiling.

‘Yan si Mildred, maganda’t masinop
Kaya sa swerte, siya’y hindi nagdadarahop
Ngayon, basta’t may pagkakataon ay namamahagi-
Panahon man o bagay na kaya niya, kahit ito’y tingi.