March 2, 2024

QUEZON CITY – Another son of Benguet, who is a veteran in peacekeeping missions of the United Nations, has been promoted to the rank of police brigadier general last week.
Philippine Military Academy Class 1990 member Flynn Eckman Dongbo received the one-star rank from Philippine National Police Director Archie Gamboa during donning of ranks in Camp Crame on Jan. 28.
Dongbo, who grew up in Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet where he finished his elementary education and at the University of Baguio for his secondary education, has been away from the Cordillera since he assumed higher police posts.
He is one of the ranking police officers who served in the peacekeeping force of the UN in conflict-stricken countries.
He was first deployed in Liberia from 2005 to 2006 then in East Timor from 2007 to 2008. His exemplary leadership in peacekeeping missions brought him back to East Timor in 2011.
Among the key positions he held in the PNP was chief of police of Mexico and Sto. Tomas municipal police stations in Central Luzon.
He was also the company commander of the Tarlac Provincial Mobile Group then chief of the Regional Personnel Human Resource Development Division of Police Regional Office-3. He also served as the provincial director of the Bataan Police Provincial Office in the same region.
From there, he was assigned as acting city director of the Bacolod City Police Office before he was assigned as the chief directorial staff of Police Regional Office-1, where he also served as deputy regional director for operations.
He is the current executive officer of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management in Camp Crame.
Meanwhile, Gamboa also formalized the promotion of three Cordilleran police officers to the rank of colonel.
Promoted from the Cordillera are Cols. Mario Mayames Jr., Laureano Alexis Marinas, and Cesar Paday-os, who is assigned at the Headquarters Support Unit.
Back home, Peter M. Tagtag, head of the Regional Personnel and Records Management Division of Police Regional Office-Cordillera, was also promoted to the rank of colonel at Camp Bado Dangwa on Jan. 27. – Harley F. Palangchao