By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
THE National Police Commission has confirmed the special promotion of 745 police personnel who have shown acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry in action during the siege of Marawi City by the terrorists Maute and Abu Sayyaf Groups.
According to NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao, the Commission in an en banc session approved Resolution No. 2018-206 confirming the special promotion to the next higher rank of the 745 Philippine National Police personnel as per recommendation of then PNP Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa.
Casurao said the promoted PNP personnel “risked their lives above and beyond the call of duty” during the five month siege of Marawi City by terrorists organizations led by Abu Sayyaf’s Isnilon Hapilon and brothers Abdullah and Omar Maute of the Maute Group.
The terrorists planned to establish a “Caliphate” in Marawi City to gain recognition and support from foreign terrorists.
The NAPOLCOM gave a breakdown of the number of promotee as follows: Police Regional Office (PRO) ARMM – 163; PRO 10 – 91; PRO 11 – 9; PRO 6 and PRO COR – 2 each; PROs 2, 7, 9, 12, 13 and NCRPO – 1 each; Special Action Force (SAF) – 437; Maritime Group (MG) – 16; Communications and Electronics Service (CES) – 6; Health Service (HS) and Crime Laboratory Group (CLG) – 4 each; and, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Police Security Protection Group (PSPG), Logistics Support Service (LSS), Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), and PHAU Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) – 1 each.
The NAPOLCOM, in a statement, specifically mentioned Superintendent Rolando Anduyan, the Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PRO-ARMM and the designated Commander of the PNP Joint Task Group, for his painstaking effort to manage the personnel and resources of the police in support of the Joint Task Force MARAWI.
“Through a “no nonsense” and sympathetic type of management and leadership, the police contingents were able to gain grounds in every target given and in the offensive and clearing of building operations. Their heroic acts resulted in the neutralization of 920 members of the local terrorist groups, including their leaders Hapilon and the Maute Brothers, the rescue of 1,777 hostages, and recovery of 479 units of assorted high-powered firearms, several rounds of ammunition, and ordnance and improvised explosive device (IED),” the NAPOLCOM said.
“The courage displayed by these valiant police officers earned themselves not only the admiration of the members of the PNP but also of the people they had sworn to serve,” Casurao added.
Under Section 38 (b) of RA 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of RA 8551, any uniformed member of the PNP who has exhibited acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty shall be promoted to the next higher rank, provided, that such acts shall be validated by the Commission based on established criteria.
Meanwhile, the NAPOLCOM has disclosed that President Rodrigo Duterte approved on January 14, 2018 the promotion of Supt. Rolando Anduyan to the next higher rank of Police Chief Superintendent (one-star rank) following the recommendation made by the NAPOLCOM on December 13, 2017 under Resolution No. 2017-636.