General Bato receives highest police award in Indonesia

“To the very famous and popular General Bato: thank you for your rockstar-like inspiration to the Indonesian national police and the Indonesian people on how to fight the war on drugs,” Indonesian Police Chief Tito Karnavian during the awarding of ‘Bintang Bhayangkara Utama’ to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa on February 14 at the Auditorium of Police Academy (STIK-PTIK) in Jakarta.

Bintang Bhayangkara Utama, Medal of Honor, is the highest award given by Indonesia to a police officer.

The INP Medal of Honour award is “presented in appreciation for your important role in cooperation and contribution to the security of Indonesia and Philippines in the past and for the future,” General Karnavian said.

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“The PNP and INP, both pioneer members of the ASEAN Association of Police Chiefs (ASEANAPOL) share bilateral understanding and commitments on specific areas of cooperation in joint maritime border patrol, anti-terrorism, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, transnational crime, illegal drugs and trafficking in persons,” the PNP said.

Among the other awardees were Minister for Home Affairs of Singapore, the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, the Commissioner of Royal Brunei Police Force, the Inspector General of Royal Malaysia Police, the Commissioner of Singapore Police, and the Director of Internal Security Department of Singapore.