THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) has granted 42 more police personnel special promotion for their heroism during the Marawi siege in 2017.
According to Napolcom vice chairman Rogelio Casurao, the newly-promoted cops brought to 948 the total number of uniformed members of the national police to get a rank higher as reward for their bravery in the line of duty.
The police officers placed their lives at risk in the May 23 to October 23 Marawi siege.
Casurao said that the Commission En Banc approved eight separate resolutions confirming the special promotion of the latest batches of police officers who risked their lives to liberate Marawi City from local terrorist groups led by the Maute brothers and Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.
Of the 42, the Commission confirmed the special promotion of 20 police officers from the PNP Intelligence Group for their exemplary performance in providing assistance to the PNP Special Action Force in locating their armored vehicle and their crew who were trapped on the ground by entering the main battle area, resulting in the neutralization of several members of the Maute Group, the rescue of many civilians and the further preemption of the enemy’s hostile plans.
Seven, who came from the PNP Crime Laboratory Group, were also granted special promotion for their high sense of professionalism and commitment to duty during the conduct of autopsies, where they obtained DNA samples from the recovered bodies of PNP and AFP personnel and civilians, who died during the siege, despite security concerns in the main battle area and health hazards coming from the decomposing bodies.
Another batch of 10 PNP members were also promoted for their gallantry in action during the conduct of anti-carnapping operations, where they provided security at the entry and exit of thoroughfares, to ensure the protection of lives and properties, and the safe passage of operating troops to thwart lawless elements.
Also granted special promotion are two police personnel, one of whom demonstrated personal bravery during the retrieval of a memory card from a drone camera, despite heavy gunfire from snipers. He was also responsible for mapping out the processed photographs and converting the same into grid coordinates of the enemy’s location for coordinated aerial strikes.
The other one was hit by an enemy sniper while conducting perimeter security as member of the blocking force at the main gate of the Provincial Capitol Complex.
The Commission also approved the special posthumous promotion of three police personnel who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Marawi City.
“Their acts of conspicuous courage, gallantry in action and self-sacrifice clearly manifest their commitment to serve and protect the people and their noteworthy accomplishment earned distinct honor and credit not only for themselves but for the entire police organization as well,” Casurao said.