Silang, Cavite – On the sidelights of the Leadership Summit held on September 12, 2022, at the Heroes Hall of the premier police higher learning institution, LTGen Jaime Delos Santos (Ret), former Commanding General of the Philippine Army, assisted by PBGen Eric Noble, Director, Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), hangs the frame of PCol Rannie Hachuela on the Valor Wall.
PCOL Hachuela, “the living hero of Siocon” is a graduate of PNPA KAPANALIG Class of 1997. Then a Police Captain at 27 years old and the Group Director of the 903rd Provincial Mobile Group, he was cited for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life” when he led his men in defending Siocon town in Zamboanga Del Norte and rescuing the town mayor and his family while fighting off the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and Abu Sayyaf.
The nearly nine-hour gun battle around the town that ended in the late morning of May 4, 2003, claimed the lives of thirteen of the attackers, who were reportedly led by Jairullah Hassan, alias Commander Hairon of the MILF. During the firefight, 12 civilians and 11 from the government were killed. The town’s public market was also destroyed by the rebels, who held many residents hostage as they fled to nearby Sibuco town.
PCapt Hachuela rallied his men to put up a strong defense despite running low on ammunition while waiting for reinforcements, stopping the wave of attacks by MILF rebels trying to take over the town hall, police station, and municipal hospital. He possessed the foresight, the leadership, and the ability to influence events in their favor: a true mark of a Lakan.
PCapt Hachuela stated that he was just returning the favor to the PNP and the six of his coworkers who perished in the clash with the rebels. “It was a matter of life and death, so you only consider how you can defend yourself and your people at that point,” he said. “This is part of the job,” he further added.
The “Valor Wall” was conceptualized with the future leaders of the Philippine National Police in mind, according to PBGEN Eric E. Noble. He emphasized that “inspirational leaders possess a deep sense of purpose and responsibility to create positive change. They can clearly articulate their values, put them into action, and do not buckle under pressure in circumstances where doing so would be necessary to achieve a goal, much like PCOL Hachuela had demonstrated.”