‘Ultimate sacrifice’: Fallen PDEA agent is a decorated officer

Published February 26, 2021, 7:30 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency ( PDEA) agent who was killed in a shootout with the police during an alleged drug buy-bust misencounter on Wednesday night, February 24, at the Ever Gotesco Mall in Quezon City was the recipient of numerous awards in his eighth years of service with the agency.

A member of the Ifugao tribe, Rankin B. Gano, 43, entered the agency as an intelligence officer on March 25, 2013. He was a member of the PDEA Class Manalig.

He occupied various positions at the agency and was appointed at the PDEA SWAT (Special Weapon and Tactic) team in September 2013 where he served until December 2014.

From December 2014 to August 2016, Gano was re-assigned at the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG) before being transferred to PDEA Regional Office IX where he stayed until August 2017.

After the end of his tour of duty in the regional office, Gano was appointed to the PDEA Special Enforcement Service (SES) in August 2017 until his death last February 24.

During his tenure with the agency, PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said that Gano underwent extensive “air to ground operations,” earning him several recognitions for his integrity and prowess in the performance of his duty.

Among the awards Gano received were Certification of Commendation in recognition of his “courage in upholding public interest over and above personal interest;” the “Wagas ng Paglilingkod” Award for the arrest of a drug mule; Certificate of Commendation for Interdiction Operation; and the “Natatanging Paglilingkod” Award for eradicating marijuana.

Carreon said that Gano’s numerous awards is a testament that he was a true warrior and a hero who offered his life in line of duty.