Lacuna visit boosts injured cop’s morale

August 28, 2019
Honey Lacuna
MPD chief Danao, Dr. Dy, acting Mayor Lacuna (from right) during their visit to Fesway yesterday. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

IN order to boost the morale of the Manila Police District (MPD) policemen who risk their lives daily in performing their duties, acting Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, MPD Director Gen. Vicente Danao, Jr. and Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. chairman Dr. James Dy paid a visit to the cop who was wounded while conducting a checkpoint in Port Area, Manila recently.

P/Cpl. Edmar Dixon Fesway, assigned at the Baseco Police Community Precinct (PCP) under MPD- Ermita Police Station (PS-5), 29, thanked Lacuna, Dy and Danao for the show of support and for helping him get first-class treatment at no cost.

Dy, who also handed over financial assistance, assured that the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center (CGHMC) of which he is the president and CEO, will shoulder all the expenses for his treatment including the therapy sessions that might be needed afterwards.

For their part, Lacuna and Danao thanked Dy for the help being extended to cops who get injured in the line of duty.

Lacuna, who was accompanied by Councilor Apple Nieto, commended Fesway for his bravery and lauded Dy, saying the support being given by Dy through the Chinese General Hospital will inspire the policemen in Manila to work really hard, knowing that they are duly covered, not only by the city under Mayor Isko Moreno but also by Danao and the CGHMC.

‘Lagi kayong mag-ingat dahil hindi natin alam kung ano ang maari ninyong sagupain sa araw-araw,’ Lacuna said in her message to all policemen.

For his part, Danao told Fesway that he will be taken care of until he can draw his gun again and said the entire force is thankful for the second life given to him and for the existing memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the PNP and the CGHMC, which he said is ‘working’.

‘We have a MOA with law enforcement bodies that we will provide free treatment for their operatives who get injured in the line of duty and we will always be there for them,’ Dy assured, adding it is their small way of honoring those who risk their lives in the name of public service.

FFCC director Juanito Ang said that based on records, countless operatives have been treated for free on orders of Dr. Dy, who said that the most recent cases were that of two Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives who were also treated for gunshot wounds.

‘Sa ating mga kapu-lisan, nagpapasalamat ako even to the risk of losing their own lives ay nagpapakabayani para sa ating mamamayan. So tuloy-tuloy lang ang laban this will not stop or refrain us from doing our duty. Congratulations for a job well done,’ Danao said.

Fesway took a bullet in the chest that went through his right arm as he shot it out with two suspected drug pushers during an ‘Oplan Sita’ where a checkpoint was  being conducted by the Baseco PCP operatives at 2nd Street, Baseco Compound in Port Area.