PRO8 awards cops
during 22nd PNP Foundation Day
By RPCRD, Police Regional
January 28, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte
– The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) marked the 22nd Foundation Day
of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday morning in a simple
celebration highlighted by recognition of its men whose efforts have
been instrumental in fulfilling the organization’s peacekeeping
“We must continue to carry our duties with honor and competence by
showing good example of genuine service or ‘Serbisyong Makatotohanan’
to regain the trust and respect of the people to the PNP
organization,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria,
PRO8 Regional Director.
further encouraged the awardees and his men to always perform with
excellence and treat the police job with dignity and professionalism.
Retired Police Director
Lucas M Managuelod, a former director of the PNP’s Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and currently the Vice
Chairman of the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, INC. (PSSLAI)
was the Guest of Honor and Speaker and handed out the awards with
Soria during the Traditional Flag Raising Ceremony and celebration at
A Medalya ng Kagalingan or
PNP Merit Medal was given to POI Noel Royandoyan for his gallantry in
action during the manhunt operation at Brgy. Peñaplata, Gandara, Samar
which resulted in the neutralization of Julito Aragon, a leader of the
Moloboco private armed group and the number one most wanted person in
Samar accused for two murder cases.
Meanwhile, a Medalya ng
Papuri or PNP Commendation Medal was awarded to Police Inspector Lloyd
Lagrimas for leading his men in the arrests of Juanito and Leo Baluya,
both accused for murder, and included in the top ten most wanted list
of Laoang, Northern Samar.
A similar award was given to
Police Inspector Allan Cerro for his performance of duty resulting in
the arrest of rape suspect Francisco Balabat last January 14, the
number four most wanted man in Javier, Leyte.
SPO3 Nelson Lapiceros was
also given the same award for the arrest of murder suspect Dionesio
Sedon, Jr. in a manhunt operation on January 2 at Brgy. Tongonan,
Ormoc City. The suspect is ranked number 9 most wanted person in
Medalya ng Paglilingkod or
the PNP Long Service Medals with 2 silver stars were also given to
Police Inspector Bernardito Verallo and SPO4 Teofilo Butlig for
rendering 30 years of faithful and honorable service with the PNP.
achievements contributed to the stable peace and order situation in
Eastern Visayas and resulted in positive delivery of public safety
services to our people,” Soria added.
A wreath-laying ceremony in
honor of the PNP members killed during police operations at the PRO8
Heroes monument and a Eucharistic mass were also part of the
The 148,000-strong PNP was
created under Republic Act 6975 or “An Act Establishing the Philippine
National Police under a reorganized Department of the Interior and
Local Government and Other Purposes” that abolished the Philippine
Constabulary and the Integrated National Police (PC/INP) and activated
a police force on January 29, 1991 which is national in scope and
civilian in character.