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Solon wants MP police office named after local Igorot hero
by Harley Palangchao

Naming the camp of the Mountain Province Police Provincial Office as Lt. F. Montes Camp has been bolstered with the filing of a proposal in Congress supporting the plan.

Mountain Province Rep. Maximo Dalog Sr. filed House Bill 5763, which supported the plan to name the camp after an Igorot military officer who died a hero while fighting alongside fellow Filipino soldiers against the entry of Japanese imperial forces towards Tocucan, Bontoc and Kalinga on June 4, 1945.

Based on the proposal, Lt. Fakingas Montes was born in 1901 to illiterate parents from Samoki barangay in the capital town of Bontoc. The Belgian missionaries baptized him on the same day.

He finished grade 4 when he stayed with the missionaries as a convent boy.

He enlisted in the Philippine Scouts with a rank of corporal with company A” 45th Infantry at Camp  John Hay in June 1926.

During the Second World War, he joined the 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry, Philippine Army, and USAFIP-NL with the rank of lieutenant.

Montes was a recipient of the Purple Heart, which was awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who while serving has been wounded, killed, or has died after being wounded.

Dalog said in his explanatory note that “with the naming of the camp, the people of Mountain Province recognizes  his gallantry, bravery, and heroism as a military officer in sacrificing his life for the defense of his country and people.” 

The previous Bontoc provincial board and the Philippine National Police expressed support to the planned naming of the police “barracks” but it remains to be in the drawing board up to the present.

Earlier, there were proposals to name the area in honor of Col. Henry Acmor, Col. Maximo Cawed, and Col. Coyang-o, among other names but  Montes had the complete documentation.




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