3 more PNP officers cited for heroism displayed in ZC siege PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:01

Three more police officers were cited by Philippine National Police Director General Alan L. Purisima for their act of heroism during the initial and decisive phase in the Zamboanga siege by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)-Misuari faction on Sept. 9, 2013.

S/Supt. Jose Malayo, C/Insp. Nazier Halil, and S/Insp. Elmer Solon received thePNP Heroism Medal from PNP Chief Purisima recently.

They were among 17 police officers Purisima commended for outstanding accomplishments in recent law enforcement and public safety operations in Metro Manila, Eastern Visayas, and Zamboanga.

Malayo is remembered for his act in persuading the surrender of 24 MNLF members from Basilan in Mampang, where it was thought he was held hostage by the rebels.

Halil and Solon were in the frontline in the series of gunbattles in Sta. Barbara.

Aside from Malayo, Halil and Solon, Purisima awarded the PNP Medal of Merit (Medalya ng Kagalingan) to four rookie members of an all-female police team that engaged armed robbers in an encounter on March 30 at a shopping mall in Pasay City.

PO1 Juliet Macababbad, PO1 Delia Langpawen, PO1 Marcelina Bantiyag and PO1 Maricel Rueco were cited for their courage and gallantry in action as first responders in the robbery incident perpetrated by members of the notorious “Martilyo Gang.”

The quick response of the Police Assistance Desk assigned at the SM Mall of Asia thwarted the plans of the robbers while the arrival of police officers from the Pasay Police Community Precinct (PCP) and the Pasay SWAT Team led to the arrest of one of the suspects, Bryan Bansawa, at Tokyo Tokyo Restaurant located in Bldg A.

The Pasay Police recovered from the suspect’s possession one caliber .45 pistol, one magazine assembly with seven pieces of live ammunition, and other physical evidence.

Criminal charges were filed against the arrested suspect and his cohorts include robbery, frustrated homicide, attempted homicide and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The other awardees were:

Chief Supt. Sonny David (PNP Special Service Medal) – for his invaluable service in the field of police operations while in position of major responsibility as PNP contingent commander in Police Regional Office 8 during the onslaught of super typhoon “Yolanda” last November.

Chief Supt. Asher Dolina (PNP Special Service Medal) – for his invaluable service in the field of police operations as commander of sub-group Palo in PRO 8, also during the onslaught of “Yolanda.”

S/Supt. Eric Serafin Reyes, S/Supt. Marcelo Morales, C/Insp. Israel Mori, S/Insp. Ronald Allan Tolosa and S/Insp Eugenio Mallillin (PNP Special Service Medal) – for their invaluable service in the field of police operations while in position of major responsibility as PNP contingent in PRO 8 during the onslaught of Yolanda.

SPO1 Rogelio Manaois, SPO1 Joey San Esteban, and PO2 Mark Joseph Paet (PNP Efficiency Medal) – for their eminently meritorious and invaluable service rendered as members of the PNP contingent in PRO 8 during the onslaught of Yolanda.

Last week, President Benigno S. Aquino III personally led the awarding ceremony in Camp Crame, Quezon City dubbed as “Araw ng Parangal sa Pulis” that was especially made for deserving PNP personnel who exemplified notable accomplishments during the Zamboanga Incident, Earthquake in Bohol, Yolanda devastation and other significant deeds during the term of Purisima.