by Harley F. Palangchao
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Cordillera police were urged not only to eliminate criminals but to also destroy the environment that creates the criminals.
Abra Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin made the challenge when he served as guest of honor and speaker of the 112th Police Service Anniversary, which was highlighted with the awarding of outstanding police officers and police units in the region.
“We believe the fight against criminality is not only confined on catching the criminals but also in removing or destroying the environment that creates the criminals,” Bersamin said.
The governor cited the peacekeeping efforts of the Cordillera police led by Regional Director Benjamin Magalong especially the sustained campaign to bring back the culture of peace in conflict-stricken Abra.
He also commended this year’s individual and unit awardees led by Abra Police Provincial Director Benjamin Lusad for working tirelessly to ensure the continued safety and protection of the people and visitors in the region.
Those who were conferred the individual Achievement Award were Lusad for outstanding performance in police administration and Supt. Lambert Suerte of the Benguet Police Provincial Safety Company for operations.
The other individual awardees were C/Insp. Angelito Dang-li Jr. of the Abra PPO, Police Officers 2 Melchor Octaviano and Arnel Batac, Senior PO3 Dino Sagayao, and non-uniformed personnels Shan-ry Roberts and Elizabeth Cedo.
The unit awardees were Benguet PPO for the arrest of wanted persons and for disaster preparation and rescue and relief operations and Apayao PPO for posting the highest crime solution efficiency.
Special awards were also given to the following units: Abra PPO, Regional Public Safety Battalion, Regional Intelligence Division, Regional Intelligence Unit-14, Regional Special Operation Task Group-Abra, Special Action Force, and 503rd Brigade, Philippine Army for their contribution to the neutralization of private armed groups and in the accounting of firearms during the past national election.
Other civilians were also recognized for their invaluable support to the regional police command.