PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — CONGRATULATIONS to the Country’s 10 Outstanding Policemen in Service or C.O.P.S. who got P250,000 in cash prize, a trophy and a personal audience with President Macapagal-Arroyo.
“These officers are the epitome of what a real Mamang Pulis should be: God-fearing, humane, presentable and approachable. They are considered the cream of the crop in our organization,” Philippine National Police chief Director General Avelino I. Razon, Jr. said in extolling the winners of the search launched by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc., Rotary Club of New Manila East, PSBank and the PNP to recognize the valor, gallantry and integrity of the police community.
The winners selected from more than 100 applicants by a formidable panel of judges including Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta are Supt. Jonathan G. Calixto, Supt. Ronald O. Lee, Supt. Raynold A. Rosero, Supt. Alex B. Sintin, SPO1 Annie Maria A. Anuary, SPO2 Oscar P. Bandoy, PO3 Dandy G. Ferriol, SPO2 Josefina L. Lacandula, SPO1 Eman M. Orivida and PO3 Anna Liza R. Reyes.
Calixto, a member of PNPA Class 1998, is the battalion commander of the First Special Action Battalion of the elite Special Action Force.
A commando trained by American, French and Israel experts, Calixto is behind the neutralization of scores of heavily-armed criminals. He was also the leader of the SAF commando team that assaulted the Bicutan jail seized by Abu Sayyaf terrorists in March 2005 killing 22 of the armed extremists.
Lee of Philippine Military Academy Class 1992 is the chief of the Investigation and Case Monitoring Division of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response. He is behind the solution of some of the high-profile kidnapping-for- ransom cases.
Rosero of PNPA Class 1996 is the deputy chief of the Philippine Bomb Data Center who investigated and solved controversial and high-profile bombing incidents.
Sintin heads the Quezon City Police District Intelligence and Operations Unit. He is behind the neutralization of some of Metro Manila’s most notorious car thieves, bank robbers, motorcycle-riding thieves.
Anuary is the chief of the Women and Children’s Concern Desk of the Zamboanga City Police Office who was also named as one of the Ten Outstanding Policewomen of the Philippines in 2004 for bringing to court hundreds of cases involving abuses committed against women and children.
Bandoy is with the Regional Intelligence Division of the Police Regional Office 8 in Palo, Leyte. He is behind the capture of some of the most wanted kidnappers and other criminals in Metro Manila.
Ferriol is a Masbate City Police Station investigator who was named Investigator of the Year during the recent anniversary of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management. He was instrumental in the solution of the controversial killing of the late Masbate Mayor Moises Espinosa.
Lacandula is the chief of the Women and Children’s Concern Desk of the Dumaguete City Police Station. She is behind the arrest of some cyber sex shop operators and sex fiends in the city.
Orivida is the operations sergeant of the 416th Provincial Mobile Group in Quezon. The youngest among the awardees, he was instrumental in the neutralization of notorious robbers, drug dealers, illegal gambling operators and communist insurgents in the province.
Reyes is the non-commissioned officers of the Human Rights Desk of the Antipolo City Police Station who institutionalized multi-sectoral approaches to addressing women and children’s concerns in the city.