The Philippine National Police on Monday gave recognition to 'hero cops' who have served their country bravely.
PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said the hero cops are a new breed of police officers who have contributed positively in the service.
Among those awarded are Police Officer 3 Joselito Lantano of the PNP Police Security and Protection Group, Police Officer 2 Carolina Del Rosario, Police Officer 1 Randy Del Rosario and PO1 Arce James Saique of Malate Police Station (MPD Station 9).
PO3 Lantano is the off-duty policeman who rescued bus passengers from an armed robber. Lantano shot the armed bus robber and then sought help for the arrest of two more suspects.
Lantano said he is ready to serve his countrymen even if it means risking his life.
“Trabaho ko po ang magsilbi sa bayan, kahit anong oras po gagawin ko po, basta’t kailangan ng aking serbisyo, ibibigay ko po," he said.
Meanwhile, a three-month-old boy was rescued by PO2 Carolina Del Rosario, PO1 Randy Del Rosario and PO1 Arce James Saique from MPD Station 9 after the baby's own mom tried to drown him.
Del Rosario said her maternal instincts led her to rescue and care for the baby.
“Buong araw ko pong alaga ang baby, binilhan ko po ng feeding bottle at gatas, gutom na gutom po ang baby," she said.
The mother of the baby was already charged while the baby boy is already under the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Philippine National Police sa pag-recognize po sa amin, sa aming nagawang kabutihan. Isa pong pagpapatunay na ang PNP organization po taos-puso din po silang sumusuporta sa anumang bagay na aming nagagawa. Hindi lamang po kami, marami pa pong mga pulis na nagkalat sa labas na marami pong kabutihang nagagawa," Del Rosario said.
Dela Rosa is happy over the bravery shown by his police officers and reminded them to always take extra precaution because not all stories end with a happy ending.
Lantana was promoted from to PO3 from PO2 and was given a service firearm.
The three police personnel from MPD Station 9 will receive medals from the Manila Police District.