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PIA Press Release
2006/12/01

Cop slain protecting others to get posthumous promotion

Quezon City (1 December) -- A POLICE officer who died after absorbing the brunt of the explosion of a grenade, thus saving the lives of others, will receive a posthumous promotion in recognition of his heroism.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Calderon said Senior Inspector Winnie Temprosa will be promoted to the Chief Inspector and accorded full funeral honors, a statement said.

Temprosa died late Wednesday night when, already weakened by gunshot wounds he sustained as he tried to save his direct superior from an irate colleague, he nevertheless covered the grenade with his body.

The officer was shot as he parried the shooting arm of Chief Inspector Renato Poscablo, who had opened fire at Chief Superintendent Federico Damatac, head of the PNP Health Service, during the unit's anniversary celebration in Camp Crame.

As Poscablo fled, he slipped and dropped a grenade he had been carrying.

Although Temprosa bore the brunt of the blast, it wounded four other police officers, including Damatac who already had a gunshot wound in the back, and a waiter of the catering service.

Meanwhile, Poscablo, who was himself shot and wounded by a member of the security detail at the celebration, was placed under a "24-hour suicide watch" at the PNP General Hospital where he is confined after showing signs of depression, the PNP statement said. (PIA) [top]

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