The Philippine National Police hierarchy, the Philippine Army and the City Council of Dumaguete gave recognitions to Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas during the turnover of command Wednesday of provincial police directors of Negros Oriental.
Lawas received from the PNP the Medalya ng Kasanayan from the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame through PNP Region 7 director, Chief Supt. Ager Ontog Jr.
The 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army also gave a citation to Lawas for assisting the military’s fight against insurgency in Negros Oriental.
The city government of Dumaguete, represented by Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria and the Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, read a draft resolution citing and recognizing his efforts against crimes.
Lawas was promoted to Chief of the Regional Intelligence Division of the PNP Region Office 7 based in Cebu City.
In his speech, Lawas reported a 48 percent decline in crime cases from June 2010 to September 2011, and outlined his accomplishments to enhance the skills of the police force in Negros Oriental, and tie-ups with the civilian sectors and the Negros Oriental State University for livelihood trainings for the police personnel.
And to his detractors, he said, “We may have failed the expectations of some quarters but I do not take offense against those who have openly shown their disappointment for our seeming failure to address and solve what we describe as crimes of interest. It is better to be hated for what I am than to be loved for what I am not.”
Ontog, on Wednesday, said Lawas was pulled out as he is needed at the PNP regional level. He also congratulated Lawas for his achievements.*JFP
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