PNP seeks promotion for 18 cops who repulsed NPA attack
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police has recommended promotions for all 18 policemen who successfully defended their station in Victoria, Northern Samar, against 50 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.
“Yes of course,” said General Oscar Albayalde when asked if the lawmen would be promoted.
“There will be a deliberation. Merong recommendation from the regional headquarters at isa-submit sa atin iyan,” Albayalde added, speaking during a press conference in Camp Crame on Monday, April 1, 2019.
Albayalde earlier said that only some of the police officers would get spot promotions.
Fifteen policemen were on duty when rebels attacked the Victoria Municipal Police Station before dawn on March 28. Three other officers were sent as reinforcement in the three-hour clash that left three NPA rebels dead and another arrested.
Earlier on Monday, five of the police officers were given the PNP Heroism Medal (Medalya ng Kadakilaan) in a ceremony in Camp Crame.
Ceremonies for conferring the Heroism Medal on the 13 other lawmen will be held in Northern Samar.
Three officers who were wounded in the firefight will also be accorded the PNP Wounded Personnel Medal (Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting). /cbb
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