Heroic Benguet police awarded with ‘Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting’

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 20(PIA) -- The police officer who foiled a robbery attempt in this capital town was awarded for his heroism and bravery.


Police Regional Office – Cordillera Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana awarded Senior Police Officer 2 Noren Bandao with the “Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting” or the Wounded Personnel Medal on Tuesday while confined at the Pines City Hospita in Baguio Cityl.

Bandao of Windy Hill, Upper Buyagan in La Trinidad and assigned at the Atok Municipal Police Station, was cited for his courageous act and bravery, risking his own life despite being off duty.

Police reports show that Bandao responded to a call for police assistance by his neighbor whose bag was being  taken away with the use of a bamboo stick inserted through the window early morning of July 14.  Bandao immediately responded, and while he was about to arrest the suspect, he was fired upon on the face causing him to feel dizzy. However, he was able to return fire before totally losing consciousness.

Bandao was initially brought to Benguet General Hospital by concerned citizens, and was later transferred to PCH for further treatment. He received the medal in the hospital on Tuesday while waiting for his operation to remove the bullet slug from his jaw.

The suspect was identified as Jonathan Mayangao Cabradilla, a resident of Irisan, Baguio City, and leader of Cabradilla Robbery Group, a notorious crime group operating nationwide. His remains was brought to his hometown in Bauko, Mountain Province.

The suspect was previously arrested in Cotabato for robbery with force upon things, and in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya and La Trinidad Municipal Police Station for Robbery. Further investigation revealed that suspect had been using fictitious names as Jemark Isong Lipangen “aka” Jomar Pagang Mayangao. 

Nana also awarded cash incentive to Bandao and assured that PNP will take care of the hospital bills.

Benguet Police Provincial Office PSSupt. Lyndon Mencio   also committed to provide security detail to ensure safety of Bandao and his family given the suspect’s background.

In a statement from the PRO-Cor, “the PNP will continue to sustain the momentum and gains in the fight against all forms of lawlessness, in order to have a safer place to live and do business. This is a living testament that the police performs its mandate to serve and protect no matter what it costs and no matter what it takes.” (PIA CAR)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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