Duterte offers P1.3-M reward for killers of 4 Negros cops
Robie de Guzman • July 23, 2019 • 891
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterteis willing to give P1.3-million reward for those behind the brutal killing of four police officers in Negros Oriental.
Duterte initially offered P1-million bounty for the capture of the perpetrators of the crime that happened in Ayungon town on July 18. But on Monday (July 22), he raised the amount of the reward, adding that he prefers to see the killers dead.
“Mas gusto kong patay sila. Kung patay sila, magdagdag pa ako ng 300 [P300,000]. So, it’s one million three hundred [P1.3 million]. Just bring me the head of that idiot leader there,” the president told reporters after his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa Complex.
(I prefer them dead. If they are dead, I would add P300,000. So, it’s P1.3 million.)
Reports said the four police officers were allegedly killed and tortured by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) last Thursday in Ayungon.
The victims were supposed to meet an informant who was believed to have set them up with the NPA for an ambush.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 7 said the four cops were “dragged, hogtied,” and “ganged up” by about 30 to 40 men. One officer also suffered a broken rib before they were shot kneeling down, “resembling a summary execution, more than an ambush.”
The president has expressed outrage over the incident.
“Kasi masama ang loob ko kung bakit ganoon? For all of the years… I’ve been mayor in Davao and for the many times that I went to the mountains to retrieve captured soldiers and policemen, ni wala akong nakita ni isang trauma sa. Ito dito, pinatay nila, pinaghampas-hampas nila at ginulgol ‘yung leeg. Kaya galit ako,” he said.
The slain cops, Cpl. Relebert Beronio and Patrolmen Raffy Callo, Roel Cabellon and Marquino de Leon were intelligence personnel from the 704th Mobile Force Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the PNP Central Visayas.
The president visited their wake last Saturday and conferred them with the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kalasag medals. This award is bestowed to government officials and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in the campaign or advocacy of the President.
MANILA, Philippines – All athletes who participated in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) will be awarded and will get additional incentives from President Rodrigo Duterte.
The ceremony will be held at the Malacañang on December 18, Senator Bong Go told reporters.
The former Special Assistant to the President said the President is also giving the Order of Lapu-Lapu Award to all the athletes.
“Lahat ng gold medalist, silver medalist at ang bronze medalists ay makakatanggap ng Lapu-Lapu Award mula sa Pangulo (All gold, silver and bronze medalists will receive the Lapu-Lapu Award from the President),” Go said.
Among the recipients will be the ‘hero’ surfer Roger Casugay for exemplifying the Filipino value of bayanihan and showing the true spirit of sportsmanship when he chose to save his Indonesian competitor over his quest for a gold medal.
Go said the incentives and the awards are on top of what the athletes deserve to receive as mandated by law. – MNP (with inputs from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday met with the members of the Philippine surfing team, including Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalist Roger Casugay, who recently went viral for his heroic act of saving his Indonesian rival during their event.
Casugay and the rest of the team paid a courtesy call to Duterte in Malacañang, based on photos released to media on Wednesday morning.
Casugay earned praises after he rescued Indonesian surfer Arip Nurhidayat who was swept by rolling waves after he broke his leash in the middle of men’s longboard open surfing competition in La Union.
The 25-year old surfer eventually won the gold medal after the event between the two was rescheduled on Sunday.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday expressed his appreciation for Casugay for personifying sportsmanship in the ongoing biennial meet.
The Senate also adopted a resolution commending the athlete for displaying an act of heroism and courage.
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said Casugay will be conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu by the President in a Palace ceremony next week.
The Order of Lapu-Lapu is bestowed upon individuals who are recognized for their invaluable service in relation to a campaign or advocacy of the President.
Casugay was earlier chosen to be the country’s flag bearer in the SEA Games closing ceremonies to be held on Wednesday at the New Clark City in Tarlac.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte gave recognition to Philippine Army shooters who hauled medals from the recently-concluded ASEAN Armies Rifles Meet (AARM) held in Indonesia.
The recognition was conducted in Malacañang on Monday during a courtesy call to the President, the Philippine Army said in a statement Tuesday.
According to Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, members of the shooting team called “Manunudla” were introduced to the president while they presented their medals and trophies from the AARM 2019.
“Manunudla” is a Filipino word that means shooter. It was chosen to symbolize the team as a way of embracing its Filipino identity while representing the country in various international events.
The shooting team were able to bring home a total of 22 medals – 7 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze – putting them at the second place. The 6 gold, 7 silver, and 7 bronze were from the team events, and 1 gold, 1 silver from the individual events.
The competitions during the AARM include the pistol (men & women), rifle/carbine and machine gun matches.
“I give my full support to the training of the Philippine Army soldiers so they can perform their duties at the best of their abilities. For the shooters, aim to be on the top of AARM next year,” Duterte said as he lauded the shooters for their efforts during the event.
“With the support of the President, our soldiers will train hard to excel not only in the field of competition but in everything they do as we transform into a world-class Army,” Gapay said.
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