PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said that the death of two policemen last week at the hands of armed drug traffickers would only strengthen their resolve to hit hard on high-value targets and their cohorts.
“The latest setbacks suffered by the PNP in the death of two police anti-drug operatives killed in the line of duty recently in Rizal and Bulacan will not diminish our resolve to hit hard on illegal drug activities and address the drug problem head-on with all the power vested upon us by law,” he said.
He was referring to the case of slain Staff Sergeant Michael Cabillo of the Rizal Police Provincial Office and Corporal Ronnie Tumaliwan of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office.
“Police Staff Sergeant Michael C Cabillo of Rizal and Police Corporal Ronnie Tumaliuan of Bulacan did not die in vain when they offered the supreme sacrifice against armed drug suspects, rather, their heroism serves to inspire the entire PNP to accomplish the mission that was left unfinished,” Gamboa said.
The PNP-OIC paid tribute to the slain policemen as the PNP marked the 1st anniversary of the institutionalized implementation of the Philippine Anti-Drug Strategy under Executive Order No. 66 signed by President Duterte on October 29, 1018.
“The PNP is making headway in our own campaign to translate this national strategy into operational terms to synergize all law enforcement operations against other forms of criminal activity that provide support systems to drug syndicates and drug traffickers,” he assured the country.
According to PNP rules and policy, the surviving families will receive all the benefits due to kin of deceased personnel.
On Sunday, Gamboa visited the wake of SSgt. Cabillo who was shot dead by an armed drug dealer in Pililia town last Friday.
Joined by PNP Director for Comptrollership, Major General Jose Maria Victor DF Ramos and Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr., the PNP-OIC condoled with the family of Cabillo, a member of the Pililia Municipal Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit.
Gamboa also visited Cabillo’s colleagues, Staff Sgt. Lazaro Guinao-wa and Patrolman Paul Ryan Santos, both members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Explosives Ordnance Disposal Division of the Rizal Provincial Mobile Force Company who were wounded during the buy-bust operation around 11 a.m. Friday at the Aida’s Farm in Barangay Bagumbayan in Pililia.
The PNP-OIC awarded the posthumous Medalya ng Kagalingan or PNP Merit Medal to SSgt. Cabillo and extended financial assistance to his family. The fallen cop’s immediate family will receive 708,000 from the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund Inc (PSMBFI). Initially, a PSMBFI check amounting to 243,000 was received by the slain cop’s widow Mary Joy.