Twenty nine (29) more police personnel were granted special promotion, which brings to 906 the total number of uniformed members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who were promoted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) for their heroic deeds during the Marawi siege on May 23 to October 23, 2017.
This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao after the Commission en banc approved two (2) separate resolutions, both dated June 4, 2019, confirming the special promotion of the latest batches of police officers who risked their lives to liberate Marawi City from local terrorist groups led by the Maute Brothers and Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.
Under Resolution No. 2019-434, the NAPOLCOM confirmed the special promotion to the next higher rank of 22 police officers for their conspicuous courage during the collection of evidence and necessary documentations for the filing of cases against the 366 members of the ISIS-inspired Maute Allied Terror Group, and for processing the profiling of all persons rescued to determine their participation in the Marawi siege.
The Commission also approved Resolution No. 2019-436 granting the special promotion of seven (7) PNP members for their gallantry in action during the conduct of clearing and safe disposal operations of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) inside buildings and alleyways in the main battle area to ensure the safe movement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and PNP forces in conducting clearing and offensive operations.
The police contingents were able to gain ground in every target given during the offensive and the ensuing building by building clearing operations. Their acts of personal bravery and self-sacrifice contributed to the neutralization of 920 LTGs including their leaders, Hapilon and the Maute Brothers; the rescue of 1,777 hostages; and the recovery of 479 units of assorted high-powered firearms, several rounds of ammunition, and ordnance and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Last April 24, 2019, the Commission conferred the Medalya ng Kabayanihan on five (5) police officials in recognition of their conspicuous courage and gallantry in the face of armed enemies, where they performed the most crucial role as leaders and commanders of the Special Action Force (SAF) troopers during the five-month long Marawi siege.
“Their acts of bravery clearly manifest their commitment to serve and protect the people and their noteworthy accomplishment earned distinct honor and credit not only for themselves but for the entire police organization as well,” Atty. Casurao said.