SAF 44: Fallen, but not forgotten

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) - Many Filipinos will never forget the Mamasapano clash in Maguindanao.

On that fateful day of  January 25, 2015,  44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers were killed in the bloodiest of battles to get a wanted international terrorist.

Some SAF survivors talk about the horrors of the Mamasapano encounter and relive it as well in a special documentary, "Fallen, Not Forgotten. " 

Atty. Felipe Cruz, the documentary's executive producer, and former police Deputy Dir. Gen. Benjamin Magalong - who  headed a police board of inquiry on Mamasapano before he retired - talked to CNN Philippines about the film.


Cruz said some of the survivors of the Mamasapano encounter took part in reenacting some scenes in the documentary and the experience was an emotional moment for the troopers.

"When they saw the locations where they will be reenacting, they really felt as if was another...Mamasapano." he said.

What convinced the survivors to take part in the documentary was their desire to tell the truth, Magalong said.

"Gusto nilang ipakita sa mundo na ito talaga yung nangyari, contrary dun sa mga binabanggit na may mga alternative na mga version," he said.

[Translation: They wanted to show the world what really happened, contrary to what others say that are alternative versions.]

Watch the trailer of "Fallen, Not Forgotten."

CNN Philippines is a media partner for this documentary.