President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commiserates with the relatives of one of the slain police officers during his visit at the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office in Naga City on October 23, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOT
President Duterte went to Camarines Sur on Tuesday (October 23) where he visited the three policemen who were wounded in the ambush against the convoy of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Nela Charade Puno in Brgy. Napolidad, Lupi, Camarines Sur last October 18.
The President bestowed the Order of Lapu-Lapu with rank of Kampilan to the three injured cops.
The Kampilan is awarded to government personnel and private individuals who were seriously wounded while carrying out activities related to the President’s advocacy.
Duterte also personally sent condolences to the families of the three other cops who died in the incident, namely, SPO1 Percival Rafael Jr. PO3 Carlito Navaroza Jr. and PO1 Ralph Jason Vida.
He visited the wake of PO1 Vida in Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office and awarded him the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the rank of Kalasag.
Kalasag is given to officials, government personnel and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in tasks pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.
Duterte was joined by FDA Director General Puno whom the wounded police personnel were escorting the day of the incident.
“Maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga nagligtas ng buhay ng Team FDA. Sa mga pulis na nasaktan at mga pulis na namatay, nakakagalit. Si Presidente po ay siguradong hindi papayagan na ganito lang ang mangyari,” said Puno.
President Duterte did not provide any statement to the media, however, Philippine Army 9TH Infantry Battalion Division commanding general MGen. Jesus Manangquil said that Duterte has instructed the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police to intensify the localized peace talks with the New People’s Army, who are responsible for the ambush.
“Nanawagan pa rin ulit kami sa mga nandirito na gumagala sa bundok na mag-usap, mapag-usapan through localized dialogue o peace initiative. Lalong lalo na napakaganda ng iminumungkahi ng ating gobyerno with the package na may pabahay na worth 450,000 na pabahay sa mga mag-susurender na NPA,” said the commanding general. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Allan Manansala)