Close  

SAF commando slain in Mamasapano to get Medal of Valor—PNP

/ 08:54 PM July 08, 2015

CEBU CITY, Philippines — One of the slain 44 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) will get the highest award for gallantry in action.

PO2 Romeo Cempron, a native of Bohol, will be given the PNP Medal of Valor posthumous, according to Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez, deputy director of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM).

ADVERTISEMENT

Marquez, a regular member of the PNP Special Promotion, Awards and Deliberation Board (SPADB), said his motion was unanimously approved in their en banc assembly in Camp Crame, Quezon City, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

He said Cempron went beyond the call of duty by disregarding his own life during the encounter in Masasapano in Maguindanao on Jan. 25.

FEATURED STORIES

The PNP Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for intrepidity and gallantry in action.

He told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone interview that all SAF members who died during the encounter were recommended for PNP Medal of Valor.

But, Marquez added there must be at least two witnesses who could attest to the policeman’s heroic acts and provide details of his heroism.

In the case of Cempron, Marquez said the board was convinced that the policeman sacrificed himself so lone survivor, PO2 Christopher Lalan, could escape.

Lalan told the board that Cempron, although wounded, refused to leave and instead allowed Lalan to escape.

“Cempron told Lalan ‘You go. I’ll take care here.’ Then he stood up to get the attention of the enemies so he would be the one to get shot and allow Lalan to escape,” said Marquez.

As an awardee of medal of valor, he said Cempron’s family could get a monthly cash allowance.

ADVERTISEMENT

Cempron’s children can also enter the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) or Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) without undergoing the entrance examination or  can be given scholarship in private universities, according to the PNP.

The PNP Medal of Valor, being the highest award, will be given by the President in a ceremony. Marquez said the awarding ceremony has not been scheduled yet.

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Augusto Marquez, Awards and Deliberation Board, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Christopher Lalan, covert operations, gallantry in action, law enforcement, Maguindanao, Mamasapano, Mamasapano carnage, Mamasapano encounter, Mamasapano massacre, Mamasapano mission, manhunt for terrorists, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, news, Philippine National Police, PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, PNP Medal of Valor, PNP Special Promotion, policemen killed in action, policemen killed in battle, policemen killed in combat, pursuit operations, Romeo Cempron, SPADB, Special Action Force
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
entertainment

Killer looks

November 20, 2019 12:20 AM

entertainment

Satisfying payoff for best actress Alessandra de Rossi

November 20, 2019 12:15 AM

entertainment

Opening Today, Nov 20, 2019

November 20, 2019 12:10 AM

newsinfo

Duterte orders suspension of rice importation

November 20, 2019 12:04 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.