A policeman declared as hero in the 2013 Zamboanga siege and also a member of the assault team in Oplan Exodus in Mamasapano was among the 10 of the Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) for 2015 feted recently by Metrobank.
Police Officer 2 Adolfo Andrada and nine others bested the 157 policemen nominated for this year’s 13th COPS awardees, said Anicerto Sobrepena, Metrobank Foundation president.
Andrada was chosen for his heroic actions in the 2013 Zamboanga City siege where he took part in the arrest of 163 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) r members and the rescue of 13 hostages during the same incident.
He also donated food to keep his comrades fit and healthy, a gesture labeled as heroic at the height of the Zamboanga crisis.
Andrada was then a member of the 84th Company of the Special Action Force, the main assault team during the Jan. 25 Mamasapano incident that claimed the lives of 44 SAF commandos.
He left SAF last May to join the PNP Training Center in Cordillera Administrative Region as tactical and disciplinary officer.
The other COPS 2015 awardees are Senior Supt. Marlo Meneses, Albay Police Provincial Office chief; Senior Insp. Maricris Mulat, Tagoloan (Misamis Oriental) Municipal Police Station chief; Senior Supt. Camilo Cascolan, deputy regional director for operations-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office; and Senior Supt. Valfrie Tabian, deputy regional director for operations-Central Visayas Police Regional Office; and SPO4 Florante Ubina, engineering staff, PNP Engineering Service; SPO1 Aurora Manuela, chief clerk, Police Strategy Management Unit in Region 1; SPO3 Dino Sagayo, chief of investigation section, La Trinidad Municipal Police Station; SPO2 Dominador Canlas, intelligence operative, Tarlac Police Provincial Office; and PO2 Mary Catherine Demontano, police community relations officer, Buenavista (Guimaras) Municipal Police Station.
The Metrobank gave P400,000 cash for each of the winners apart from the medallion, a trophy and a plaque of merit from the PNP.
“They are fine examples of exemplary deeds and selfless pursuit of duties and responsibilities as true public servants of our people. In doing so, they give honor to the police profession and the Philippine National Police,” Sobrepena said.
Commenting on the granting of medals of valor to his former comrades at SAF, Andrada said he was leaving it up to the higher-ups to determine if the fallen SAF 44 deserved the honor.