FOR the first time in its 15-year history, a police general in the person of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa has been named one of the 17 winners of the Annual Gusi Peace Prize International, a private award which recognizes individuals and organizations who have contributed to global peace and progress in a wide variety of fields.
The awarding took place as the PNP said that from July 1 to yesterday, the conduct of the Project: Double Barrel Alpha or the strategy versus drugs has already resulted in the conduct of 36,311 anti-narcotics operations which led in the killing of 1,941 armed drug dealers in shootouts with the police; the arrest of 36,965 others and the voluntary surrender of over 801,000 confessed drug personalities, around 58,000 of them known shabu or marijuana traffickers and the rest drug users.
As of yesterday, PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos said 16 policemen and three Armed Forces personnel have been killed while 39 police personnel and eight soldiers were wounded while fighting armed drug dealers across the country.
Given by the Manila-based Gusi Peace Prize Foundation, the Gusi Peace Prize is referred to in Presidential Proclamation No. 1476 (4) signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declaring every fourth Wednesday of November as the “Gusi Peace Prize International Friendship Day.”
The Gusi Peace Prize was founded by its now chairman Barry Gusi as a way to continue the work of his late father, Gemeniano Javier Gusi, said to be a World War II guerrilla who fought against the Japanese and later became a politician and human rights advocate.
It has been described as a non-stock, non-profit and non-secular group registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission in Manila whose main objective is to confer awards of recognition to individuals or groups who have contributed to peace and respect for human life and dignity.
The 15th Gusi Peace Prize awarding ceremonies held at the Philippine International Convention Center was the first time a law enforcement officer was recognized by the foundation which honors individuals and organizations who have given exemplary contributions to global peace and progress through international brotherhood and friendship, and by using their God-given talents for the benefit of mankind. Winners are also those who champion human rights and maintain governance, democracy, equality, international peace and goodwill.
Among the Filipino winners of the Gusi Peace Prize are former President Fidel V. Ramos, the late Senator Robert Barbers, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., the late Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes and the late actor Fernando Poe Jr.
Previous winners were known for their cinematic excellence, human rights works, social services, journalism, academic works, statesmanship, medical work, scientific research, humanitarianism and social services.