HE Manila Police District (MPD) headed by Brigadier General Bernabe M. Balba marks its 119th founding anniversary today by honoring its men and women who have contributed to the successful campaign against criminality, drugs, terror and rogues in uniform in the country’s premier city.
National Capital Region Police Office director, newly-promoted Major General Debold M. Sinas and Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso will lead the guests of honor in today’s rites at the MPD headquarters along United Nations Avenue in Ermita.
Under the supervision of Sinas, the MPD succeeded in its effort to ensure a ‘trouble-free’ 2019 Southeast Asian Games last November and the Traslacion last January 9. The security measures undertaken during those two major events are now being used as a ‘template’ by all other police units nationwide.
To receive the Bonifacio Award, a special award for the MPD Command Group are MPD Deputy District Director for Administration, Colonel Antonio C. Yarra; Deputy District for Operations, Col. Narciso D. Domingo; and Chief District Directorial Staff, Col. Brent M. Madjaco.
The other awardees are Col. Rex Arvin T. Malimban, the commander of the District Mobile Force Battalion; the Senior Police Commissioned Office (PCO) for Administration of the Year; Lieutenant Col. Carlito U. Grijaldo of the Sta. Mesa Police Station 8, the Senior PCO for Operations;
Lt. Col. Andrew M. Aguirre of Station 11, the Directorial Staff Officer; Lt. Col. Reynaldo A. Magdaluyo of Station 3 as Station Commander of the Year; Major Inocencio Richard Villanueva of Police Station 3 as Police-Community Precinct Commander of the Year;
Maj. Roberto A. Mupas of the District Investigation and Detective Management Division as Junior PCO for Administration of the Year; Maj. Rosalino P. Ibay Jr. as Junior PCO for Operations of the Year;
Master Sergeant Leandro T. Gatdula of the DIDMD as Senior Police Non-Commissioned Officer for Administration of the Year; Executive Master Sgt. Alma A. Dipasupil of the District Human Rights Development Division as Senior PNCO for Operations of the Year;
Staff Sgt. Carla Chantal P. Martin as Junior PNCO for Administration; Corporal Michelle L. Digman as Junior PNCO for Operations; Cpl. Edmar Dixson I. Fesway of Station 5 as Patroller of the Year; and Non-Uniformed Personnel Jesusana Q. Asia as NUP of the Year.
Balba said that unit awardees are the District Community Affairs Development Division led by Maj. Michael C. Garcia; the Sampaloc Police Station 4 under Lt. Col. Alex C. Daniel; the
España Blumentritt PCP headed by Maj. Ramon B. Nazario; the PNP Crime Laboratory Office Manila Field Office headed by Lt. Col. Voltaire C. Nulud;
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit Manila Field Office headed by Maj. Rommel S. Anicete; the District Police Strategy Management Unit headed by Maj. Arwen DS Nacional; and the Raxabago Police Station 1 Women and Children Protection Desk headed by MSgt. Girlie T. Bernales.
Also to be awarded as Staff Sgt. Bernard O. Calos; Pastor Raul J. Maderazo and Mr. Nap Moreno Magno.
Balba, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 expressed the MPD’s full support to the programs of Mayor Domagoso who had made it clear he wants much safer and cleaner streets in Manila.
“When Mayor Isko announced his advocacy for cleaner and safer streets, the MPD supported him all the way and his innovative, pro-active and reform-oriented initiatives have now transformed the previously chaotic and notorious streets of Quiapo and Divisoria, clear, passable and free from ambulant vendors and other nuisance,” Balba said.
Under Balba, the Manila’s Finest’s new battlecry became ‘Malinis, Magalang at Maaasahan’ as he introduced the concept of integrity, courtesy, neatness and respect in the MPD as they continue to serve the public.
The MPD’s fight against criminality is making a distinctive mark as it arrested around 7,000 drug pusher and users and seized a huge volume of shabu and other dangerous drugs as well as illegal firearms last year.
Balba also saw to it that discipline will be restored in the streets of Manila as he ordered all his station commanders to strictly implement the city ordinances banning smoking, drinking and going half-naked in public as well as the curfew for minors.
Records show that from January to November 2019, the MPD conducted 3,013 anti-narcotics operations which led in the arrest of 6,647 drug pushers and users. Twenty-one armed suspects were also killed in gun battles with the Manila police.
Those operations led in the confiscation of nearly 7.8 kilograms of shabu worth nearly P49 million, around eight kilograms of dried marijuana bricks, 15 Ecstasy tablets and 93 illegal firearms and two explosives.
Balba said that their campaign against loose firearms during the period netted 328 illegal guns and 287 suspects, accomplishments which further helped reduce crime in the streets of Manila.