DU30 commends PNP as it marks 19th year

August 06, 2020

PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday commended the 209,000-strong Philippine National Police for a job well done in the war on drugs, criminality and corruption while at the same time being on the frontlines of the government’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The PNP headed by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa celebrated its 119th Police Service Anniversary with the event at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame and all 17 Police Regional Offices viewed live via Facebook as part of the police’s social distancing measures.

President Duterte, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año and Gen. Gamboa led the giving of awards and plaques of recognition to outstanding police uniformed and non-uniformed personnel during the event.

The top national individual awardees are Colonels Noel Sandoval and Elmer Ragay, Major Benjiel Jhon Danglosi, Lieutenant Col. Raymund Train, Master Sergeant Gilbert Neypes, Executive Master Sgt. Jeoffrey Kent Panganiban, Staff Sgt. John Cliffton Ermitaño, Corporal Gary de Guzman and Non-Uniformed Personnel Imelda Pascua and Luzviminda Mosquera.

The National Unit Awardees are the Police Regional Office 4-A headed by Brigadier Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr’ the Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office; the Iloilo City Police Office; the Isabela City Police Station in Basilan; the La Trinidad Municipal Police Station in Benguet; the Regional Mobile Force Company 4-A; the Laguna Provincial Mobile Force Company; the General Santos City Mobile Force Company; the PNP Special Action Force headed by Major Gen. Amando Clifton B. Empiso and the PNP Information Technology Management Service headed by Brig. Gen. Samuel P. Rodriguez.

Given Special Awards were the PNP Drug Enforcement Group headed by Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. for accounting for nearly P12 billion worth of shabu and arresting "high-value targets" since November 2019; the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas for its notable accomplishments in the driveagainst loose firearms in Metro Manila; the PRO4-A for the most number of arrested top most wanted personalities; the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group headed by Brig. Gen. Jonnel C. Estomo for its exemplary accomplishments in the crackdown against kidnapping-for-ransom thru intelligence-driven operations; and the Police Regional Office 12 headed by Brig. Gen. Michael John F. Dubria for its revitalized physical condition and sports combat program.

Given special awards for their role in the government’s effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic were PNP Deputy Chief for Administration and concurrent commander of the Administrative Support Force for COVID-19 Task Force, Lieutenant Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan; PNP Deputy Chief for Operations and Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar; PNP Chief Directorial Staff and Deputy Commander of the ASCOTF, Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag; PNP Director for Operations and JTF COVID Shield Deputy Commander, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup; Police Regional Office 3 director, Brig. Gen. Rhodel O. Sermonia; Baguio City Police Office director, Colonel Allen Rae Co; the PNP Health Service headed by Brig. Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr. and the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Maj. Gen. Joel Napoleon M. Coronel.

Gen. Gamboa said the annual event ‘brings us all together to recall and appreciate the beginnings of the police service and to pay tribute to our forebears and police heroes who fought, sacrificed, and died so that our beloved country may enjoy freedom, peace, and security.”

“ As we commemorate yet another chapter in the PNP history, I hope that every man and woman of this organization know the police service history by heart, because by knowing our roots and our history of gallantry and valor, that we could find the wisdom to move forward and be inspired to equal or even surpass the triumph of our noble police heroes that marked the history of the PNP,” he added.

The 23rd PNP chief led the national police force since October last year in embarking on a mission to "write a new narrative for the organization: a drug-free and corrupt-free police force and bringing forth team spirit among PNP personnel.”

The PNP chief said that he is bent on fulfilling his mission to restore the image of the PNP “into one that would portray the police officer as a trustworthy and respectable public servant in the eyes of the people.”

At present, the PNP’s Revitalized Internal Cleansing Program is being spearheaded by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group headed by Brig. Gen. Ronald O. Lee who has been tasked to go after rogues in uniform, regardless of their rank and position.

“ This program utilizes a holistic approach that covers punitive, restorative, and preventive strategies that aim to discipline, correct, and set an example to the police force with an end goal of elevating our service reputation and to eventually gain the trust of our citizenry. I am very much thankful to all of our head of offices and unit commanders for the unflinching support and dedication to vigorously implement this program and harp the message that we mean business when it comes to personnel discipline,” Gen. Gamboa said.

The PNP chief noted a 54.93 percent reduction in index crimes from March 17 to June 15 this year compared to the period December 17, 2019 to March 16, 2020.  He said that there was a remarkable decrease of  54.93 percent or from 14,219 index crimes to just 6,408 during the two periods.

Gen. Gamboa also said they have proved their resolve and capability to enforce the law against high value criminals with the increase in the arrest of Most Wanted Persons at different levels nationwide, highlighted by the recent arrest of Ruben Ecleo, the country’s number 1 most wanted criminal who has been in hiding for nine years until he was captured by NCRPO agents in Pampanga last week.

He added that from October 14, 2019 to last August 1, the PNP under him conducted a total of 41,972 anti-narcotics operations which led to the arrest of 62,342 drug targets, the surrender of 3,293 drug personalities and the confiscation of roughly two tons of shabu worth P15.379 billion.

He paid tribute to the men and women of the PNP-DEG who were behind the seizure of P5.6 billion worth of shabu in Marilao, Bulacan as well as three other major anti-drug operations in Cavite and Metro Manila this year.