42 more cops promoted for their role in liberating Marawi

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2) — The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has granted special promotions to 42 more policemen who helped in liberating Marawi from ISIS-inspired militants more than two years since the siege on the city.

The NAPOLCOM approved eight separate resolutions promoting 20 cops from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Intelligence Group, seven from the Crime Laboratory Group, and 15 from other PNP units.

“Their acts of conspicuous courage, gallantry in action and self-sacrifice 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,” NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio Casurao said.

Among the 42 policemen who were promoted are three cops who received posthumous promotions for their display of bravery.

PCPL Daniel Tegwa, PCPL Alex Laurente and Pat. Moises Kimayong, Jr. while responding to the siege.

Also among those promoted is a policeman who retrieved a memory card from a drone camera despite heavy gunfire from snipers.

These fresh promotions bring the number of promoted policemen who responded to the Marawi siege to 948.

CNN Philippines has reported that 50 policemen who helped in the liberation of Marawi have yet to receive meritorious promotions which were promised to them, despite the NAPOLCOM’s approval of their spot promotion seven months ago.

The NAPOLCOM 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.

It is not clear whether the 42 are part of this group, as the NAPOLCOM only released the names of Tegwa, Laurente and Kimayong.

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. Congress extended it to last for two years.

Security officials have expressed openness in finally lifting martial law in the region.