Pangasinan provincial board honors slain police officer

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Pangasinan provincial board passed a resolution in its regular session today, August 8 expressing its deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family of a member of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 who died during a firefight with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the outkirts of San Nicolas town last July 28.

The resolution authored by Fourth District Board Member Agerico Jeremy Rosario also honored the heroism of the dead policeman, PO2 Aries Tamondong, stating that “there is no better service than dying for your country and fighting against the enemy of the state in defense of its freedom and security.”

Tamondong, 38, father of four, was from Barangay Cabanbanan, Manaoag, Pangasinan.

“The entire nation is saddened over the death of PO2 Aries Tamondong of the Philippine National Police in an encounter with rebel gunmen last July 28 in San Nicolas, Pangasinan with a mission,” the resolution reads.

It went on to state that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan recognizes the valor of PO2 Aries Tamondong whom it called a “modern-day hero who had helped to bring peace and order in the province of Pangasinan.”

The SP said PO2 Tamondong deserves the highest salute from all officials, leaders and people of Pangasinan.

A copy of the resolution will be handed by members of the SP led by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim to Tamondong’s widow, Katrina, a school teacher of the Manaoag National High School and their four children.