The Cebu Provincial Government commends the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) for their “swift and successful” operations against crime groups in the south last October.
The simultaneous raids last October 18 in the mountain barangays of Dalaguete, Alcoy and Boljoon towns led to the death of three (3) suspects and arrest of 10 men.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III personally handed the award to CPPO Director Police Senior Superintendent Gillamac last November 17 at the CPPO headquarters in Sudlon, Cebu City.
Philippine National Police –Regional Office (PNP-RO) 7 Director Police Chief Superindent Prudencio Banas also awarded four (4) Boljoon police officers the PNP Merit Medal. The police officers were Police Station Chief Police Inspector Dexter Basirgo, SPO3 Rogelio Fernandez, PO2 Rogelio Sinajon, and PO1 Vincent Mary Arboladura.
Basirgo and his men, in a follow up operation, exchanged gunfire with the Coronel-Gañolos-Salonoy Armed Group at a house in Barangay San Antonio, Boljoon last October 20.
The encounter left two (2) suspects killed while Basirgo survived gunshot wounds. High-powered firearms, ammunitions and a hand grenade were recovered from the suspects.
In his message, Gov. Davide congratulated the policemen for their “gallantry” and “service to the province.”
“We admire your courage in the line of duty,” added Gov. Davide, who assured the PNP of his continued assistance including monetary incentives.
Gillamac said the Capitol’s assistance to CPPO will inspire his personnel more in keeping the province peaceful and safe.
But the governor was also saddened by the recent killing of two (2) policemen in the town of Moalboal during a drug raid last November 14.
He said the incident should serve as a lesson for them in the execution of their operations.
The Governor assured that the Provincial Government will help the families of the police officers who were killed in the drug operation.
PCSupt. Bañas said they will still review if there are lapses during the operation based on the report of CPPO director.