FIVE operatives of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) yesterday were awarded medals for risking their lives in going after rogues in uniform.
Given the PNP Medalya ng Kagalingan were Superintendent Obil S. Dahap Jr., Chief Inspector Rolando G. Amangao, Senior Inspector Abraham L. Culili, Senior Police Officer 1 Alfredo P. Santos and PO1 Ronnie V. Bauzon.
The five men of PNP-CITF director Senior Supt. Jose Chiquito M. Malayo were received the medals from Deputy Chief for Administration, Deputy Director General Ramon C. Apolinario, Deputy Chief for Operations Deputy Director General Fernando H. Mendez Jr., Chief Directorial Staff Officer-in-Charge Director Edwin C. Roque and PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management Director Rene O. Aspera for “clearly manifesting their sense of professionalism and commitment to sworn duties, thus earning credit for themselves and for the PNP.”
In coordination with the Northern Police District headed by Chief Supt. Roberto G. Fajardo, Supt. Dahap led a PNP-CITF operation last May 21 and arrested four members of the NPD accused of abducting businesswoman Norma Adrales a day earlier in Quezon City and demanding P2 million for her safe release.
All suspects have been charged with robbery-extortion, kidnapping-for-ransom, carnapping and “planting” of evidence. The last three charges are all non-bailable offenses punishable by life imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from public office once convicted by court.
The PNP-CITF was created by PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa to go after misfits and scalawags in police uniform especially those involved in robbery-extortion, drugs, kidnapping and other heinous crimes.
Gen. de la Rosa activated the unit after abolishing the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group in the aftermath of the involvement of three of its personnel in the abduction and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo.