Gallantry and bravery pays.
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Region 7 on Thursday handed out commendations to the Provincial Director and 18 Bohol police officers for taking measures to intercept and stop the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) from sowing terror in Bohol.
The awarding of commendations also came during the Regional launching of the National Crime Prevention Week held at the Bohol Cultural Center.
The NAPOLCOM also handed out a post humus commendation to PO2 Rey Anthony Nazareno who rendered a selfless sacrifice when he was killed in action during an encounter against heavily armed terrorists in Inabanga.
Aside from a commendation, Nazareno got a gratuity pay of P203,208 as a one year’s salary equivalent to 16,934 monthly pay, funeral benefits worth over 30,000and special financial assistance from the Philippine National Police.
NAPOLCOM 7 Regional Director Atty. Homer Mariano Cabaral along with Governor Edgar Chatto and Assistant Secretary Gerald Anthony Gonzales and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap handed the plaques of commendation to the men and other units who took quantitative measures to intercept and involve themselves in action during the encounter against the heavily armed terrorists belonging to the ASG.
It may be recalled that as soon as intelligence reports came about the presence of heavily armed man in Barangay Napo, an inland barangay in Inabanga April 11, Bohol police authorities sent the maneuver groups: the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) units to confirm.
With elements from the local Inabanga Police Station, PSSupt. Felipe Natividad led PSupt. Lorenzo Batuan, PSupt Rene Kyamko, PSInspector Cesar Acompañado, PSInsp. Jojit Mananquil, SPO1 Justeofino Hinlayagan, SPO4 Tito Tradio in advancing the government’s tactical edge against the incursionists.
Also commended were PO3 Allain Randy Liba, PO3 Enrico tayactac, PO2 Jose Felicisimo Rebosura, PO2 Teogenes Dumanayos, PO2 Edwin Gudito, PO2 Albert Faustino, PO2 Archemoore Ceniza, PO2 Ronald Hingpit, PO2 Junald Jungco, PO2 Marlon Ampoloquio, PO2 Brynil Niones and PO1 Marjun Autentico, who were in the responding team.
Also commended were the Bohol Provincial; police Office in general, the PPSC, SWAT, Provincial intelligence Bureau, provincial Intelligence Detection and Management Bureau and the Inabanga Police Station.
NAPOLCOM said their pursuit resulted to the prevention of the bandits from spreading terror in the Visayas region and in the country as a whole.
The courageous performance and selfless dedication to public service of these PNP officers are worthy of emulation, NAPOLCOM through Regional Director Cabaral said.
On the other hand, four more police officers who have brought police work into a higher level earned commendations for their Community and Service Oriented Policing (CSOP) for advancing the soft arm of the law against drugs.
SPO1 Janew Villame, PO2 Rosardo Emrio Jr., PO1 Aldrin Palaca and PO2 Ronald Calabria earned commendations for using their talents to bring out an information education communication campaign against illegal drugs and their use, according to PSSupt Natividad. (PIA)