TUGUEGARAO CITY – Putting their own lives on the line, two policemen crossed a flooded area to save three children from drowning in Barangay Annafunan East in Tuguegarao City on Friday, November 27.
Police Regional Office 2 (PRO-2) Information Officer Lt. Col. Andree Abella cited the heroics of P/Corporals Edgar Pizarro and Rominick Andal, who did not hesitate in risking their lives by swimming into a flooded area when they saw the children drowning from a distance.
“Marahil napag kasunduan ng tatalong menor de edad na mga bata ang maglangoy kaya naman nagtungo sila sa bahagi na may baha, at ilang sandali pa, ay nanghingi ng saklolo nang nalulunod na sila (Perhaps, the three minors agreed to go swimming and went to the area where it was still flooded. Not long after, they were already asking for help because they were drowning),” a resident told the police.
It was learned that policemen were distributing relief packs when they heard the children’s shout for help.
Meanwhile, two police personnel of Cagayan Valley were recognized last week for “displaying extraordinary acts” during the rescue operations conducted in the aftermath of typhoon Ulysses.
Patrolman Jayrick Talog of the Ilagan City Police Station was awarded the “Medalya ng Kadakilaan”, or the Philippine National Police (PNP) Heroism Award, for his act of bravery in rescuing Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairperson Arnel Talaue and John Lloyd Calatayud, who were swept away by rushing floodwater in Barangay Marana, Ilagan City.
Also recognized was Patrolman Brayan Bangayan of the Police Regional Office 2 (PRO-2) headquarters for rescuing a pregnant woman, and assisting her deliver her baby on November 14.