MARIKINA City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro paid tribute to the members of the Marikina police who died while performing their duties during the annual Marikina Police Memorial Day on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023.
The mayor led the commemoration of the 36th Marikina Police Memorial Day and offered flowers at the Marikina Police Memorial Monument inside Loyola Memorial Park.
The mayor acknowledged the selflessness and dedication to public safety of all law enforcement personnel in the city, especially the fallen members of the Marikina Police.
“Today, we solemnly remember them. They gave their all in service of our country, in service of our city,” Mayor Marcy said in his speech.
“Let us take inspiration from their courage, their loyalty and their commitment to service. They have left a legacy in the hearts of all of us present here,” he added.
The memorial at the Loyola Memorial Park was erected in recognition of the selflessness and dedication of the police, especially to those who sacrificed their lives in the name of public service, Mayor Marcy said.
“More than a monument, it is a reminder for those who were once sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, fathers and mothers. It is a salute to those who chose to spend their lives in service of others until the very end,” he added.
In honor of their fallen comrades, members of the Marikina PNP gave a 21-gun salute to their late comrades during the commemoration.
Marikina First District Representative Marjorie Ann “Maan” Teodoro, who was the guest of honor during the event, expressed her gratitude to fallen members of the city’s police force for offering their lives to ensure the peace and order in Marikina.
“‘To serve and protect.’ Ito ang mandatong isinabuhay nila hanggang sa huli. Lubos ang aming pasasalamat na ibinahagi nila ang kanilang buhay para sa kapayapaan ng ating lungsod ng Marikina,” Cong. Maan said.
“Lumisan man sila sa ating piling, marami silang iniwan na alaala ‘di lang sa kanilang pamilya kundi sa buhay ng napakaraming taga-Marikina,” she added.
Eastern Police District Director Brig. Gen. Wilson Asueta and Marikina Police Chief Col. Earl Castilo were also present during the annual event.
The memorial day was also attended by families of fallen police officers, city officials, members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Marikina, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail and Penology and representatives from civic organizations.