Four personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), who sustained gunshot wounds and injuries in the line of duty, were given recognition during a simple ceremony on Monday.
At the regular PDEA flag-raising ceremony held at the agency’s national headquarters in Quezon City, PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., awarded the “Gawad ng Natatanging Kadakilaan” to four PDEA personnel, three drug enforcement officers and one administrative employee, whose names were withheld to maintain anonymity, in recognition of their exceptional courage and valor in the course of anti-illegal drug operations.
“Congratulations to the honorees who have bravely fought and risked life and limb above and beyond the call of duty. You are living heroes and role models for others to emulate,” Cacdac said.
Two PDEA agents and a photographer, who suffered gunshot wounds in a shootout with lawless elements, were cited for their act of valor during buy-bust operations, while another PDEA operative was also given recognition during a wide-scale marijuana eradication in the highlands of Benguet when he fell off a 50-foot cliff and suffered an oblique clavicle fracture on his right shoulder.
“Every single day, particularly in the field of anti-drug operations, the odds of being injured, wounded, or worst killed, continue to lean heavily against us. We have come to live a life where seen and unforeseen enemies are always lurking in the shadows,” Cacdac said, citing the inherent risks involved in drug law enforcement.