Marawi liberators yet to receive promised promotions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — More than 50 policemen who helped in the liberation of Marawi two years ago have yet to receive meritorious promotions which were promised to them.

This, despite the National Police Commission's (NAPOLCOM) approval of their spot promotion five months ago.

Around 800 Marawi veterans from the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been promoted since 2017.

A veteran of the Marawi war who asked not to be named said there was low morale among those who were promised the promotion.

"Low morale. Lalong-lalo na pag nakikita mo ang dati mong kasama doon na low morale din kasi di napasama sa first wave at second wave. At ang matindi pa dito, yung mga due for regular promotion ay hindi napahihintulutang mag-apply dahil sa pending meritorious award na hindi pa naibibigay sa amin," he said.

[Translation: (There is) low morale. Especially when you see the others who also served who have low morale as well because they were not included in the first and second wave (of promotions). And what's worse is there are those who are due for regular promotions can't apply for it because of the pending meritorious award which hasn't been given to us.]

The NAPOLCOM has issued a resolution in May 2019 approving the promotion of the 58 Marawi veterans. However, upon review that same month, the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management decided only 52 of them would receive the promotion, while five were to be given the highest possible award.

NAPPOLCOM vie chair Rogelio Casurao has asked for understanding regarding the situation.

"Kung meron man diyan na parang sumasama ang loob dahil sa tagal siguro, please bear because we are extra careful in seeing to it na hindi kayo nahahaluan ng riders. It is for your own good na bine-vet nating mabuti," he said.

[Translation: If there are those who feel bad about how long it's taking, please bear (with us) because we are extra careful in seeing to it that no one undeserving is included. It' for your own good that we are vetting this thoroughly.]

Meanwhile, PNP Officer-In-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa assures that he will look into the matter to give these heroes what they rightfully deserve.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated on October 17, 2017

The attack began on May 23 of that year, prompting Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao in a bid to control the situation.

Martial law has since been renewed twice, but recently, the Davao City Council formally requested Malacañang to lift martial law in the area saying the city has been in a “very good peace and order situation.” However, Malacañang advised against the proposal, saying it might result in violence spreading in other areas instead.