10 top cops finally get medals

10 top cops finally get medals

by UA&P News Desk on December 13, 2010 - 9:37 am

from the Philippine Star, by Delon Porcalla

MANILA, Philippines –  The outstanding policemen whose awarding of medals was put on hold by the Rizal Park hostage crisis finally got their medals and trophies from President Aquino last Thursday, almost four months after the Aug. 23 controversy broke out.

The recipients included eight policemen and two policewomen, composed of four commissioned and six non-commissioned officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP), who have distinguished themselves in community service.

The President urged them to lead by example because they are the models in the community, assuring them of support in terms of equipment, housing and even finances despite the meager resources of the government.

“Just do what is right and I’ll take care of the rest,” he said in his impromptu speech.

Among the awardees was Supt. Leo Francisco, chief of the NCRPO’s Regional Police Intelligence and Operations Unit, who was among those who helped solve the murder of Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez, sister of television personality Rochelle Barrameda.

Others were Davao City regional chaplain Supt. Noel Ponsaran, Supt. Sidney Villaflor (police chief of San Jose City, Nueva Ecija), Supt. Florencio Ortilla (acting chief of Davao City’s regional operations division), Police Officers 3 Edilberto Euraoba III (public information officer of Sibulan, Negros Oriental) and Shella Mae Sangrines (chief of the complaints and investigation section at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City), and Zoraida Aripin (chief investigator of Zamboanga City’s Station 9).

Also awarded were PO3 Joey Castillon (police community relations at Tobias Fornier in Antique), Senior Police Officer 2 Hermie Raymundo (special investigator at Lingayen, Pangasinan) and PO3 Roel Paclibar (police community relations in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat).

Each awardee received a cash prize of P250,000 and a trophy courtesy of the Metrobank Foundation. They also got an additional P25,000 each which their mother units could use for training purposes or for the purchase of new equipment.

The 10 Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) is a yearly project of the Metrobank Foundation, in partnership with the Rotary Club of New Manila East, the PNP and the Department of the Interior and Local Government which has supervision and control over the entire police force.

This year’s judges included Supreme Court Justice Mariano del Castillo, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Dr. Jose Maria Arsenio Mariano of the University of Asia and the Pacific, Accralaw managing partner Eusebio Tan, Couples for Christ lawyer Jose Tale, broadcast journalist Joel Reyes Zobel of GMA-7’s radio station dzBB, and Paul Schafer, resident representative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

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