Congressional award sought for slain cops in Abra blast

ADMINISTRATION lawmaker Joseph Sto. Niño Bernos is asking the House of Representatives to bestow the highest congressional award to two slain policemen in the grenade attack during the La Paz town fiesta two weeks ago.

In House Resolution number 1640 co-introduced by Abra Rep. Bernos, also the House’s Peace and Order committee vice chairman, with ABS partylist rep. Eugene de Vera, are seeking the House to acknowledge Police Officer 3 Carlos Bocaig and Police Officer 2 Frenzel Kitoyan for their bravery as police officers in the service of the people of Abra and that copies of the resolution be given to the families of the police officers as a gesture of sympathy of the legislature.

Bocaig survived the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano massacre where 44 Special Action Force commandoes were slain.

At least three persons-of-interests are being hunted down after they were linked by policemen in the grenade attack that killed Bocaig and Kitoyan while Rep. Bernos and his wife Mayor Menchie were both hurt during the grenade attack including 22 others including the La Paz town chief of police.

The lawmaker hoisted a P1 million reward to whoever can lead to the arrest of the attackers, saying, he wanted them alive so that they can lead authorities to the brains behind the terror attack.

Bernos and de Vera also want their colleagues in the House to condemn the terror wrought by the attack and “take steps in ensuring the protection of (House) members duly elected by the people.” Ace Alegre
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