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PIA Press Release
2007/09/11

PGMA congratulates dozen Davao cops who repulsed NPA rebels

DAVAO CITY (11 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo congratulated the 12 policemen who recently repulsed a band of fully-armed New People's Army (NPA) rebels in an encounter at Sitio Magum, Saoquigue, Municipality of Baganga, Davao Oriental.

The President shook the hand, one after another, of the 12 cops who were earlier awarded the Philippine National Police (PNP) Merit Medal or Medalya ng Kagalingan in abstencia at the National Heroes' Day celebrations in Cagayan de Oro City last Aug. 27.

The Davao cops encountered at least 15 fully-armed NPA rebels led by Eti Erlina, alias Bungi, on June 7, 2007, and the "PNP team successfully retaliated despite being placed in a disadvantage(d) position, (with) the enemy suffering eight casualties," the PNP said.

The President cited the policemen because "the vigilance and bravery displayed by the PNP personnel contributed to the success of the campaign of the PNP against insurgency."

"By this feat, they have manifested their competence and exceptional dedication to duty, an act worthy of recognition," states the award that went to: SPO1 Atilo Salvan, PO3 Munil Askali, PO2 Wilfredo Galupo, and PO1s Rodney Barte, Marcelino Vinson, Lemuel Magoncia, Kenneth Corsame, Sigfredo Sanchez, Dennis Jess Lumikid, Rey Idoy, Ronie Villegas, and Ariel Bongco.

The President congratulated the Kagalingan awardees at the VIP Lounge of the Davao International Airport on her way back to Manila from attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting in Sydney, Australia. (PIA) [top]

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