The People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) conferred its first-ever “Bayani ng Bayan” award to the ground commander of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF)-led Mamasapano operation that resulted in the death of terrorist Bin Hir, alias “Marwan” in 2015.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and Atty. Rafael Calinisan, Executive Officer of PLEB, bestowed the award to P/Lt.Col. Raymund Train for his acts of “conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during the said operation”.
“Marwan” was wanted in no less than four countries – the United States, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.
He had a $5 million bounty on his head from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and P7.4 million from the Philippine government.
The operation, however, led to the death of 44 SAF members, who are now collectively known as the “Gallant 44.”
Train kept a low profile since the operation and this was the first time he went public to receive the PLEB award during the Quezon City government’s flag-raising ceremony.
“Hiling ko na maging modelo ka hindi lamang sa ating mga Pulis QC, kundi sa lahat ng ating mga mamamayan.”
“Lt. Col. Train, hanga kami sa iyong kakaibang lakas ng loob at angking kagalingan na ipinamalas sa loob ng ilang taon na paglilingkod sa ating bansa. Lubos kang ipinagmamalaki ng buong Lungsod Quezon. Hiling ko na maging modelo ka hindi lamang sa ating mga Pulis QC, kundi sa lahat ng ating mga mamamayan,” Belmonte said.
“We should strive to be like Lt. Col. Train: selfless service beyond the call of duty. I am one with the Citizens of Quezon City in conferring this award to this most deserving QCitizen, Lt. Col. Train. This award is given so that his heroism will never be forgotten,” the lady mayor added.
“His story needs to be shared and immortalized to further inspire patriotism in every Filipino.”
“It took us more than a year to convince Lt. Col. Train to receive this award. All these years, Lt. Col. Train has chosen to be anonymous and under the radar. It is about time that we get to share Lt. Col. Train’s story to the public. His story needs to be shared and immortalized to further inspire patriotism in every Filipino,” Calinisan explained.
“Lt. Col. Train embodies what it is to be a model policeman of this generation. I am thankful that he chose PLEB as his venue to come out and be recognized. Sadly, he was not promoted for his heroic acts during that time, and his promotion is seven years too late. With this award, we just want the heroism of Lt. Col. Train and the SAF 44 will not go unnoticed,” he added.
“With pride and gratitude, I accept this award, not just for myself, but also to give honor to my brothers in arms who have painstakingly given the ultimate sacrifice in exchange for lasting peace to the whole Filipino people,” Train said.
“Their dedication and gallantry represent the history of our nation who has a long story of patriotism and honor. Their lives, legacy and heroism for the entire Filipino nation will remain forever etched in history,” he added, saying the Filipino people should do their part in honoring those who sacrificed their lives in the name of peace.