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50 wounded anti-riot cops cited

  • Written by Jun I. Legaspi & Zaida Delos Reyes-Palanca
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FIFTY neophyte policemen assigned at the Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) units of the Philippine
National Police (PNP), who were injured during a confrontation with rallyists in Manila at the height
of the 31st Asean Summit, were awarded with the Medalya Ng Sugatang Magiting (PNP Wounded Medal)
during a simple ceremony Wednesday in Pasay City.

Asean Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR)
and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy
personally pinned the medals to the 50 gallant cops during the CSPOEPR final critiquing session.
    
Cuy was assisted by CSPOEPR Vice Chairman Cesar B. Yano and Asean Security Task Force (ASTF)
Commander Napoleon C. Taas.
    
Cuy said the policemen, who hold the rank of Police Officer 1, exercised maximum tolerance and
strictly adhered to police protocols when they dealt the rallyists during the various protests staged
against US President Donald Trump last Nov. 13-14 in Manila.
    
He said the cops sustained injuries while managing to stand their ground and preventing the
protesters from breaching the police barricade when the latter became rowdy and threw stones and other
hard objects at them.
    
“We are proud to have in the service men and women like you who bravely faced the rallyists
and thwarted their plan to get close to the summit venue even if you got hurt in the process,” he
said.
    
During the awarding, the cops showed the Asean CSPOEPR chairperson the contusions and bruises
on their arms, heads and other parts of the body that they incurred from the rallyists.
    
Of the 50 cops awarded, four were positioned at T.M. Kalaw fronting the National Library. They
were PO1s Christian Cariaga, Micco Molina, Steven Memoracion and Ricardo Hermogenes Jr.
    
Also honored were 19 police officers stationed at M1 and M3 CDM contingents. They were PO1s
Rolly Tandayu, Erwin Jay Méndez, Erwin Nobleza, Jan Michael Evangelista, Crisman Sib-Aten, Jondy
Aurelia, Raymart Estabillo, Bernamy Herrera, Robert Telan, Omar Lampay, Mohammad Macacua, Roderick
Dellias, Nicolus Josaphat Taniza, Derwin Rafil Jr., Jay-r Sibayan, Raymond Nevado, Benjamin Zaldote,
Joseph Ma. Peter Avancena, and Darwin Baltazar.
    
Twenty-one police officers assigned at UN Avenue cor. Mabini in Manila also got the citation.
They were PO1s Bryan Salvador, Jomar Ochinang, Jayson del Mundo, Edfuelo Tanjili, Agerillo Silungan,
Frederick Matecyeng, Flordeliza Matias, Marjun Villarosa, Sherwin Rodriguez, Jerson Gamboa, Joemer
Olipares, Bernard Olande, Maximo Oclarit, Jeamar Veluz, Mhelver Tam-ao, Rolando Caberto Jr., Terrence
Roy Paug, Dionido Anas, Edmar Labrador, Ryan Albert Dapadap, and Ruben Tumayan.
    
Finally, six police officers assigned at Padre Faura in Manila were also feted -- PO1s Marjon
Dollente, Mark Jhovie Sales, Jomar Manalo, Arthur Raphael Yoro, Ariel Ortega, and Ramon Dumagat.