Rock n’ roll band Kjwan dedicated their song, “Aking Pangako,” as a tribute to the 44 slain commandos of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force.
It can be recalled that 44 members of the PNP-SAF were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant to a high value target on January 25.
In their Facebook account, Kjwan shared the music video and said that they dedicate the song to the fallen 44. It was posted on January 30, during the National Mourning Day.
Netizens appreciated the tribute of the band and said that the music video perfectly saluted the warriors and heroes of the country.
However, other online users slammed the rock band for taking advantage of the tragic incident.
The music video of “Aking Pangako” was originally uploaded in YouTube on September 7, last year.
One viewer of the video sharing site said that the band just wanted publicity and quickly noticed that the song was uploaded in September last year while the Mamasapano overkill happened in 2015.
“d ako epal pero sumabay din sa agos tong Kjwan eh. Sabi nila para daw sa #Fallen44, eh Sep 7 2014 pato na uplaod at yung nangyari ay ngayong 2015 lang. Gusto lang nang publicity. LOL,” the comment reads.
However, other netizens came in defense to the band.
“I think they only meant that they have a video meant for soldiers and sumakto lang talaga. Great video Kjwan! We all know how these soldiers went through a lot of rigorous training despite the situation and heeding the call of duty before their lives. Salute to the #fallen44. We will never forget their heroic act!” an internet user said.
“#TruthForTheFallen44 Song that matches to tribute to the fallen 44!” another netizen said.
Kjwan is a rock band composed of Marc Abaya, Enrique De Dios, Kelley Mangahas, Boogie Romero and Eo Marcos.