42 hero cops in Marawi siege promoted

MANILA The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has granted special promotion to 42 police personnel for their heroic deeds during the Marawi siege in October 2017.

In a statement sent to reporters on Monday, Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio T. Casurao said the Commission en banc approved eight separate resolutions confirming the special promotion of the latest batches of police officers who risked their lives to liberate Marawi City from local terrorist groups led by the Maute brothers and Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.

The commission confirmed the special promotion of 20 police officers from the PNP Intelligence Group (IG) for their exemplary performance in providing assistance to the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) in locating their armored vehicle and their crew, who were trapped on the ground by entering the main battle area resulting in the neutralization of several members of the Maute Group, the rescue of many civilians and the further preemption of the enemy's hostile plans.

He said seven uniformed personnel of the PNP Crime Laboratory Group (CLG) were also granted special promotion for their high sense of professionalism and commitment to duty during the conduct of autopsies where they obtained DNA samples from the recovered bodies of PNP and AFP personnel and civilians who died during the siege, despite security concerns in the main battle area and health hazards coming from the decomposing bodies.

Another batch of 10 PNP members were also promoted for their gallantry in action during the conduct of anti-carnapping operations where they provided security at the entry and exit of thoroughfares to ensure the protection of lives and properties and the safe passage of operating troops to thwart lawless elements.

Also granted special promotion are two police personnel, one of whom demonstrated personal bravery during the retrieval of a memory card from a drone camera despite heavy gunfire from snipers.

He was also responsible for mapping out the processed photographs and converting the same into grid coordinates of the enemy's location for coordinated aerial strikes. The other one was hit by an enemy sniper while conducting perimeter security as a member of the blocking force at the main gate of the Provincial Capitol Complex.

Casurao said the commission also approved the special posthumous promotion of three police personnel, who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Marawi City while Corporal Daniel T. Tegwa demonstrated personal bravery when he retaliated and delivered suppressive firing using a caliber 50 heavy machine gun towards the overwhelming number of local terrorist groups that disorganized them.

Cpl. Alex M. Laurente displayed conspicuous courage and gallantry as part of the 1st Special Action Battalion (1SAB) that was resupplying ammunition to the SAF Troopers at the frontline advance post. PAT Moises T. Kimayong, Jr. demonstrated self-sacrifice while helping in the evacuation of a wounded member of the Scout Ranger Course Class 201-2016 during the conduct of a reconnaissance mission.

Their acts of conspicuous courage, gallantry in action and self-sacrifice clearly manifest their commitment to serve and protect the people and their noteworthy accomplishment earned distinct honor and credit not only for themselves but for the entire police organization as well, Casurao said.

The Commission previously confirmed the special promotion to the next higher rank of 906 police personnel who risked their lives above and beyond the call of duty during the five-month Marawi siege.

In a related development, the PNP has bestowed the Medalya ng Kagalingan to 10 personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Monday during the regular flag-raising ceremony at the National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

PNP officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen Archie Francisco F. Gamboa personally awarded the medal for the successful simultaneous implementation of search warrant on October 31 in Barangay 33, Bata, and Taculing in Bacolod City.

The operation has resulted in the arrest of 42 identified members of Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros, Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor (KR-NCBS).

Also, there are 13 newly recruited minors have been rescued while undergoing combat-related training and indoctrination who were from different areas of Negros Occidental.

The operation also resulted in the confiscation of 32 assorted firearms, three fragmentation grenades, two 40 mm ammunition, and assorted ammunition. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency