From the Business Mirror (Feb 5): Promotion for 753 cops who fought in Marawi, repulsed NPA attack
Members of the Joint Task Group-Philippine National Police (JTG-PNP), who saw action in Marawi City at the height of the terrorist-inspired rebellion last year, have been promoted to the next higher rank.
The 745 members of the group were among the 753 Police Commissioned Officers and Noncommissioned Officers promoted to the next rank on Monday, according to PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao.
The “special” promotion was signed by PNP chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa approved the meritorious promotions of the 745 members of JTG-PNP for their “invaluable and exemplary involvement” in the liberation of Marawi City from the hands of the Islamic State and Maute group.
Aside from the members of the JTG-PNP, also covered by the special promotion were the eight members of the Binuangan Municipal Police Station in Misamis Oriental, who repulsed a recent attack by the New People’s Army.
“Eight police officers from Binuangan MPS displayed conspicuous courage and gallantry in action and outstanding accomplishment involving risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty for successfully defending their station during the attack perpetrated by more or less two hundred members of New People’s Army on December 3, 2017,” the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management said.
Dela Rosa administered the oath of office to the newly promoted JTG-PNP personnel assigned to different offices and units.
Army chief Lt. General Rolando Joselito Bautista was the guest of honor and speaker during the event, which coincided with the PNP’s traditional Monday flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame.
DPRM chief Director Rene Aspera noted that a large part of the newly-promoted policemen were from the Special Action Force, which counted 437, while the Police Regional Office 10 counted 164.