ONE is the current Batangas Police Provincial Office director, the other is a member of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force, now known as the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group. The third is a female investigator from the PNP Women and Children Protection Center.
Meet the three members of the PNP who have been chosen as among the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Awardee for Police Officers: Colonel Edwin A. Quilates, a lawyer graduate of the PNP Academy; Major Robert A. Reyes and Police Chief Master Sergeant Marsha T. Agustin.
As Batangas police director, Quilates, a grizzled police investigator over the past 25 years, had made it his mission to make his province crime-free when he launched their vaunted Oplan: Iron Curtain in 2018. The anti-crime initiative aims to strictly mobilize police forces through dragnet operations during investigation and manhunt that could lead to the swift apprehension of criminals involved in shooting and/or robbery incidents.
Oplan Iron Curtain, premised on unified command and coordination, has been hailed as a Police Regional Police Office’s best practice and a major key in successfully accounting for notorious criminals, resulting to lower crime rate in the province and the entire Calabarzon region.
Quilates also launched the Batangas police force’s BALIK-Armas program starting July 2015 and so far has accounted for thousands of guns, both licensed and unlicensed in the province.
“These firearms were surrendered as a result of our Batanguenong Layuning Ilagak ang Kanilang (BALIK) Armas which we intend to amend for those who did not renew or no longer interested in their firearms after two years. We informed them that we will request for the cancellation of their license and turn over the same to the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office,” Quilates told the Journal Group.
The weapons were surrendered by Batangueños to the local police which has launched a massive information drive to convince residents to turn over their illegal guns to authorities to avoid raids and prosecution in court and at the same time, avoid the possibility that the weapons could be used as an instrument to commit violence.
The Batangas PPO’s scheme has gotten the nod of Police Regional Office 4-A director Brigadier General Edward E. Carranza who has ordered a massive crackdown against loose firearms and partisan armed groups in the region earning them an award from President Duterte during the recent 118th Police Service Anniversary.
Major Reyes is a technical support officer of the PNP-IMEG. Already a 19-year veteran of the police force, he was a pioneer of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group whose expertise led to the arrest of a notorious outlaw considered as the No. 1 hacker in Korea by the Korean National Police Agency and was included in Interpol’s Wanted List.
Chief MSgt. Agustin is an investigator from the PNP-WCPC. Sixteen years ago, she was a social worker when she joined the police force and later co-authored the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Manual being widely used by the PNP when handling Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases.
This aligns with the new provisions of the Republic Act No. 10364 known as the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act”.
The three are among the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos who will each receive a cash price of P1 million, a golden medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the formal conferment ceremonies on September 4 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City as part of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary celebration.
The others are teachers Dorothy S. Tarol of the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children-Iloilo City; Cristina B. Cristobal of the Philippine Science High School-Quezon City; Ricardo T. Jose of the University of the Philippines-Diliman City; and Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-dela Paz of the University of the Philippines-Manila; and Armed Forces personnel, Master Sergeant Ramil A. Caparas of the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion; Major Romulo G. Dimayugan of the Marine Force Reconnaissance Group; and Lieutenant Colonel John Paul D. Baldomar, chief of the Operations Branch of the Army’s Internal Security Operations Division under the Office of the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.
The 10 were picked as Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos after raising the bar of excellence in their respective fields.
“Their contributions speak of service beyond one’s self but to their sectors and in the larger community, inspiring their peers. Their service and community involvements have helped shape better communities and created a lasting positive impact upon the people,” said Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña.