Three Rota residents recognized for their heroism


The CNMI administration, in partnership with the Rota municipality and Homeland Security and Emergency Management, presented plaques of appreciation to three men on Rota for saving a drowning boy last July 29.

Last Tuesday, Mamet Manglona, Damien J. Hocog, and Tyric Castro received plaques of appreciation for saving a young Filipino boy at the Prudential Manglona Park Beach last July 29.


Speaking on behalf of the CNMI administration, Dennis Mendiola, special assistant for Homeland Security and Emergency Management, commended the courage and bravery of the men.

“Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and I are strong advocates of our people helping each other, especially during our times of need. These three young heroes—Tyric Castro, Mamet Manglona, and Damian Atalig—demonstrated the principles and values instilled in them by their family. We commend their acts of courage and bravery, especially coming from young individuals with no training,” he said.

Mendiola added that these individuals are an inspiration to the community as they remind everyone of the importance of helping one another.

“Although we caution people from putting their lives in danger, our culture and strong family values of protecting one another often trumps protocol and procedures. These three individuals’ act of courage will not be overlooked. As a matter of fact, when I presented the incident to Gov. Torres, he insisted that we commend these young heroes in an effort to inspire and remind our community of the importance of helping one another in times of need. On behalf of CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management, we extend our sincere appreciation to our young heroes and their families,” he said.

Before awarding the plaques, Mendiola told the men that they demonstrated tremendous value and character “by putting your own life in danger to ensure the safety of another individual. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your great deed, which does not go unnoticed.”

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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