Wounded cop, ‘Diego’ in IED blasts honored PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:20

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday spearheaded the conferment of the Medalla de Merito and the certificate of commendation and special citation to PO2 Franklin M. Ined and his bomb-sniffing dog named Diego for their heroism in the face of adversity.

The conferment was made during the City Government flag raising ceremony and witnessed by Naga City Congresswoman Lenie Robredo, widow of the late Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo.

At the same time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office 9 awarded the “Medalya ng Kadakilaan” and Certificate of Recognition to the two members of the Zamboanga City Police Office Explosives Ordnance Division. PNP-9 Deputy Director for Administration Sr. Supt. Ramon Ochotorena and City Police Director Col. Angelito Casimiro presented the awards with Mayor Climaco and Cong. Robredo witnessing the event.

In the citation, Mayor Climaco expressed sincere appreciation, gratitude and special thanks to the EOD team for the gallantry and heroism displayed in mitigating the disastrous impact of the Nov. 9 twin blasts in Tomas Claudio Street. The incident would have taken precious lives and caused more damage to properties had it not been for the quick response action officers, she added.

On the other hand, the “Medalya ng Kadakilaan” presented to PO2 Ined was pursuant to general orders for his heroism in the face of adversity and invaluable service rendered during an IED (improvised explosive device) explosion at Tomas Claudio St., this city last Nov. 9.

“The immediate and prompt response of PO2 Ined and his K-9 partner was able to secure and prevent further loss of lives, especially civilians who are at the vicinity of the during the explosion,” the general order partly read.

According to the PNP, Ined’s act brought honor and respect not only to the members of the Zamboanga City Police Office but for the entire PNP-9, worthy of praise and emulation of others.

While Ined seriously injured his left eye, Diego was traumatized as a result of the Nov. 9 incident. Although the latter has already returned to duty after treatment, Ined was still recuperating in the hospital. — Vic Larato