MANILA - Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde conferred the medal of merit to the Pasay police intelligence chief who died during an operation last weekend.
The country's top cop on Tuesday visited the wake of Senior Insp. Manuel Taytayon Jr. who was shot by a murder suspect he was about to arrest.
The medal of merit or "medalya ng kagalingan" is conferred to police officers "for a single act of heroism or a series of heroic acts in a duty," according to the Official Gazette.
Aside from Albayalde, National Capital Region Police Office Director Guillermo Eleazar, along with other police officials, also paid their respects to the slain Pasay policeman.
Taytayon was shot in the chest and side from a 3-meter distance but he was able to fire back at suspect Narc Delemios who also died during the operations.
Initial probe of the Philippine National Police showed that 5 bullets entered slain Pasay cop Taytayon's body. Of these, 2 fatal shots from the suspect's 9mm firearm hit his back, the crime lab said.
Taytayon's father, Manuel Sr., already asked the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the death of his son as he suspects possible error or foul play.--report from Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News