Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa awarded yesterday the PNP Wounded Personnel Medals or Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting to six members of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), who were recently wounded in the line of duty by drug suspects.
Five of the medals were awarded by the PNP chief at QCPD Headquarters in Camp Karingal, while the sixth medal was awarded at East Avenue Medical Center, where one of the six police heroes is still confined after being shot seven times by motorcycle-riding suspects.
Awarded the medals, recommended by QCPD acting director Senior Supt Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar and endorsed by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Oscar D. Albayade, were Senior Insp. Paterno Lagao Domondon of District Special Operations Unit (DSOU), PO2 Julius Delera Albao (DSOU), PO2 Andrew Restar Bautista (PS-10), PO1 Doehler Lagora Salamanca (PS-3), PO1 John Dale Seradoy Ang (PS-4), and PO1 Jay Mart Dawis (PS-6).
On August 26, 2016, PO2 Bautista arranged to buy shabu from a drug suspect. During the transaction, the suspect sensed that he was dealing with a policeman and drew a hand gun. Bautista grappled with the suspect for the gun but the suspect managed to fire twice, hitting the cop in the left foot.
On Sept. 9, 2016, PS-3 conducted Oplan Tokhang/Galugad in Ambuklao, Bgy. Baesa, where they were met by gunshots. During the exchange of gunfire, PO1 Salamanca was hit in the left shoulder.
On Oct. 8, 2016, at 25 Urbano St., Bgy. Bagbag, during a buy-bust conducted by the Novaliches Police Station, the suspect fired at the operatives, hitting Ang in the left elbow. The operatives returned fire, resulting in the death of the suspect.
On Oct. 9, 2016, a buy-bust operation conducted by joint operatives of the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) and District Anti-illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Group (DAID-SOTG). Albao and a confidential informant posed as the buyers. After the drug deal, the operatives identified themselves as police. The suspect and his cohorts drew their guns and fired toward the operatives, hitting Albao’s left hand.
On Nov. 1, 2016, Senior Insp. Domondon and his team implemented a search warrant at Unit 4116-E One Rockwell East Tower, Bgy. Poblacion, Makati City. One of the three suspects, all Korean nationals, lunged at Domondon with a samurai sword, wounding him in the right palm as he parried the thrust.
Dawis, who is still in the hospital, was designated as Tokhang operative of PCP-6, on Nov. 20, 2016, was conducting surveillance when he saw three suspicious men on two motorcycles. He accosted the trio but instead of heeding his order, the suspects shot him.
Dawis sustained multiple gunshot wounds but was able to fire back while suspects were able to escape.
The PNP chief gave cal. .45 Gluck 30 pistol to each awardee and financial assistance to the family of Dawis.