Police Regional Office -Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao director Brigadier General Graciano Mijares. (Photo courtesy of PRO-BARMM)
COTABATO CITY -- The Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM) on Sunday honored police officers wounded during a recent law enforcement operation in Lanao del Sur.
Brig. Gen. Graciano Mijares, PRO-BARMM director, pinned the Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting to wounded police officers during simple ceremonies at Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City.
Mijares said the wounded policemen are now recuperating from gunshot wounds after trading shots with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) elements in Madamba, Lanao del Sur, last April 4 in an operation gone haywire.
They are identified as Police Captains Glen Lyca Gevero and Mark Harry Boglosa, Sergeants Marlon Panitan, Magno Olete; and Niño Cadano; Corporals Ronald Rosco and Omar Masakal; and Patrolman Arnel Montallanac. Each received a merit medal in recognition of their gallantry in the performance of police duties.
Speaking to reporters, Mijares said PNP-BARMM officials are also now studying the possibility of promoting to one rank higher all the eight wounded cops.
Policemen were to serve warrants against four wanted persons in Barangay Ilian, Madamba, when the suspects resisted arrest and resulted to a shootout.
The four wanted persons were killed but relatives of those slain connected with the MILF in the area retaliated, wounding eight police personnel in the process. Both the government and MILF coordinating peace panels are investigating the incident.