TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- With the celebration of the 27th anniversary of Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday, February 5, Police Regional Office 02 (PRO2) honored the sacrifice of Police Officer 02 Jerome Luwie Cardenas who was killed by rebel forces last year.
PRO2 held wreath laying ceremony led by Cardenas’ wife Darleen and their two sons, in front of the monument of former Cagayan Governor Marcelo Adduru. This was followed by a gun salute in Monday’s flag raising ceremony.
PO2 Cardenas died while on duty, protecting their station from and fighting against communist rebels of New People’s Army (NPA) in Maddela, Qurino on April 29, 2017. Cardenas spent 13 years of police service.
Months after the incident, Darlene told the media that she still feels pain over her husband’s death. Yet, she proudly shared her husband’s sacrifice and commitment to his duty as a policeman.
“Naragsakak na inikan da ti parangal ken pammadayao ti lakay ko pero nakakalungkot pa rin na kung puwedeng bumalik na lang siya kahit wala na ‘yan,” Darlene said while shedding tears.
“Wala naman [akong hinanakit sa PNP o sa kanyang trabaho] kasi yung asawa ko, love na love talaga niya yung serbisyo niya. Talagang yung trabaho niya yung number one. Talagang sinasabi niya duty first kahit na may sakit yung anak namin at may tawag siya, aalis agad ‘yan,” Mrs Cardenas said.
PO2 Cardenas is survived by his wife and three children. The youngest, a three-year old, still looks for his father until now, Darlene said.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 02 Director Jonathan Paul Leusen Jr served as guest speaker in PRO2’s celebration of PNP’s anniversary.
Leusen reminded police officers of their role as “modern-day heroes,” and to possess values such as courage, pride, determination, dedication, selflessness, sacrifice, and integrity.
He also noted cases committed by scalawag cops but told the police to treat this as a challenge to prove police’s heroism.
The DILG regional director also congratulated PRO2 for their various achievements especially in implementing Oplan Tokhang.
PRO2 also celebrated mass, led by Father Vincent Siccuan, in honor of police officers who sacrificed their life to “protect and serve.”
Police provincial offices, and city and town police stations over the region simultaneously celebrated PNP’s anniversary.
Meanwhile, PRO2 Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino, with other regional police chiefs, attended the ceremonies at PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame. Northernforum.net