SAF 44, to be awarded Medal of Valor

admin   •   January 25, 2017   •   8429

The Gallant 44 (SAF44) of the Oplan Exodus or the popularly known as the Mamasapano encounter on January 25, 2015. (PNP-SAF)

The Gallant 44 (SAF44) of the Oplan Exodus or the popularly known as the Mamasapano encounter on January 25, 2015. (PNP-SAF)

The bereaved relatives of the 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) who died during the bloody Mamasapano incident two years ago have one wish.

They wish to achieve: justice for the deaths of their loved ones; promised benefits which are yet to be given, and assurance that the persons involved in the questionable operation, Oplan Exodus, will be held responsible.

“Sir, President, ikaw po ang pinaniniwalaan naming makatutulong sa amin. Ikaw po ang pinaniniwalaan naming makapagbibigay sa amin ng hustisyang matagal na naming inaasam para sa pagkamatay ng aming mga mahal sa buhay. Sir, tulungan po ninyo kami. Alam ko pong matutulungan po ninyo kami,” pleaded Erica Pabalinas, widow of Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas.

“Ang ipinangako pong employment po ng members of families po na until now po, di pa po employed ang iba gaya ko po,” said the widow of PO3 Andres Duque.

WATCH: All involved in Oplan Exodus must be held accountable – PNP Chief Dela Rosa 

However, aside from this, they also want all the SAF 44 be given a medal of valor.

“Bakit, sa SAF 44 troopers, dalawa lamang ang nagawaran ng Medal of Valor? Ano ang pamantayan ng mamatay sa labanan, para ang isa ay magawaran ng medalyang yaon? Paano naman ang iba pang 42 troopers? Hindi ba sila namatay nang lumalaban? O dahil walang makapaglahad ng istorya?” asked John Anniban, father of Senior Inspector Cyrus Anniban.

Under the administration of former president, Noynoy Aquino, only two of the fallen 44 were awarded with medal of valor.

But this time, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to complete within this month, all requirements needed for the granting of valor awards to the rest of the SAF members who died in the botched operation.

WATCH: Ombudsman files case against Purisima, Napeñas over Mamasapano encounter 

“Anyway all the records are there. There is no need for investigations. Look at the records of the Senate and everything. At kung sa tingin mo, bilang isang sundalo, na ang 44 SAF members ay karapat-dapat sa kagitingan, irekomenda mo. At ibibigay ko ito sa lahat na 44. Kasama no’n ang ilang pribilehiyo dahil sa pagkamatay ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay nang naglilingkod sa bayan,” said the President during his speech.

The medal of valor is the highest recognition that can be achieved by a member of the Philippine National Police.

The child of a medal of valor awardee will receive educational scholarship grants, while a P20,000 lifetime monthly pension will be given to surviving families.

Meanwhile, apart from the recognition, President Duterte spromised another thing.

“Magtatakda ako ng isang araw, at ito ay tatawaging “A Day of Remembrance for the SAF 44,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Operasyon ng PNP COVID-19 testing facility, simula na ngayong linggo

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Magsisimula na ngayong linggo ang operasyon ng sariling testing facility para sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ng Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ayon kay PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, binigyan na ito ng license to operate ng Department of Health (DOH) noon pang May 22.

Una nang sinabi ng PNP na ang Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) facility nito ay sinertipikahan ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) ng DOH bilang isang independent testing center.

Pansamantala itong ipu-puwesto sa PNP Crime Laboratory sa Camp Crame habang hindi pa tapos ang 84-square meter na pasilidad sa likod ng PNP Health Service.

Ayon kay Banac, prayoridad sa testing ang pulis na dumu-duty sa quarantine checkpoints at nagpapatupad ng seguridad sa Metro Manila.

Sa huling tala ng PNP Health Service, umabot na sa 263 ang bilang ng mga pulis na nag-positibo sa coronavirus disease.

Nasa 777 probable at 575 suspect cases naman ang binabantayan sa ngayon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Duterte fires OCD Deputy Administrator Kristoffer James Purisima

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed Kristoffer James Purisima as deputy administrator assistant secretary of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).

According to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the President decided to remove Purisima from office due to “loss of trust and confidence.”

Roque could not tell, however, under what circumstance prompted the President to fire Purisima.

Wala na po akong ibang impormasyon (I don’t have additional information) other than he was terminated due to loss of trust and confidence,” Roque confirmed.

The OCD is the government’s main unit responsible for disaster preparedness and response in times of calamity.

Prior to his position in OCD, Purisima served as spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

PNP implements ‘modified checkpoints’ in EDSA to ease traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2020

The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has implemented ‘modified checkpoints’ along EDSA to ease traffic amid the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

According to HPG-National Capital Region (NCR) Chief PCol. Wilson Doromal, they had to remove the checkpoints along EDSA to make way for the Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) that will flock reopened establishments.

“Baka kami ang maging cause ng traffic kung maglalagay tayo ng checkpoint dito along EDSA (We might become the cause of traffic if we installed checkpoints along EDSA),” he said.

He also said that the PNP-HPG has mobile checkpoints or 40 motorcycle drivers that are randomly deployed to monitor motorists. This is part of their ‘Oplan Habol’ to check if motorists follow quarantine protocols.

“Oplan Habol, ibig sabihin pag nai-spottan natin ang sasakyan, halimbawa iyong sasakyan overloading, hahabulin ng mga motorcycle iyan sa EDSA (Oplan Habol, meaning once authorities spotted an overloading vehicle, the motorcycles would run after them along EDSA),” Doromal said.

Violators will be issued with a temporary operator’s permit and will have their license confiscated.

Meanwhile, authorities in EDSA checkpoints will be moved to streets around Metro Manila including Commonwealth, Katipunan, Quezon Avenue, C-5 Quirino, Marcos Highway, and Roxas Boulevard,

The said authorities would man the checkpoints for 2 to 4 hours before moving to another location. –AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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