PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, on Saturday visited the wake of Captain Efren Espanto Jr., the 29-year old PNP Academy graduate who was killed in a clash with New People’s Army guerrillas in Janiuay, Iloilo and paid tribute to the fallen officer.
The PNP chief condoled with the family of the member of PNPA ‘Lakandula’ Class of 2015 and gave them the posthumous Medalya ng Kadakilaan awarded to Capt. Espanto.
Gen. Gamboa also pinned the same medal to other members of Espanto’s team who were wounded in the clash with the rebels.
Espanto was the leader of the Reconnaissance Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6 who died after being shot in the head by the rebels around 5:45 p.m. last Wednesday in Barangay Aglobong.
The policemen were conducting a major combat operation against the guerrillas when they encountered the heavily-armed rebels.
Gen. Gamboa has ordered a stepped-up pursuit operation against the leftist gunmen as he assured Captain Espanto’s surviving kin of all PNP benefits entitled to his dependents. The slain officer will also be given a hero’s burial.
According to Police Regional Office 6 director, Brigadier General Rene P. Pamuspusan, the young Capt. Espanto was shot in the right portion of his head and died while being taken to the Federico Roman Tirador Sr. Memorial District Hospital for treatment, said the PRO6 director.