One of the youngest officers to attain the rank of Police Superintendent, P/Supt. Jonathan G. Calixto, is a passionate man with a mission. At 36 years old, he is the youngest Battalion Commander in PNP’s Special Action Force.
His bravery and derring-do has earned him 38 awards and commendations in just over a decade of service, including being one of the Top 10 Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) this year. He has also organize nine bloodletting missions and leads a variety of other police community outreach programs, such as tree-planting and clean and green projects as well as the donation of school supplies. He also works with the Rotary Club to help Gawad Kalinga in its housing projects.
As a top-notch police officer, he has figured in some of the most significant and high profile operations of the PNP as a Team Leader, Operations Officer, Commanding Officer and currently as a Battalion Commander of the elite Special Action Force.
In the field of anti-terrorism, he led the assault on the perpetrators of the Bicutan siege which resulted in the death of 22 Abu Sayyaf inmates and recovery of seven firearms. He also led the capture of Jemaah Islamiyah’s (JI) second-in-command and recovered high intelligence value items and explosives. This was hailed by President Arroyo and regional leaders as a big blow to the terror network of JI operations. He also arrested Abu Sayyaf gun suppliers which effectively limited the terrorist group’s capability to conduct criminal activities.
Aside from similarly dangerous yet successful operations against robbery and hold-up syndicates, he also served as a member of the security force in the Manila Peninsula stand-off which led to the peaceful surrender of Sen. Trillanes and company.
PSupt. Calixto’s work with the community extends not just to law enforcement but to the promotion of partnerships between various stakeholders to ensure peace and order. He has tapped barangay intelligence networks to neutralize gun suppliers of the Abu Sayyaf and detain the number two man of the international terrorist Jemaah Islamiyah who was operating out of Cotabato City. He also decisively acts on civilian information resulting to the apprehension of corrupt policemen.
A native of Besao, Mountain Province, P/Supt. Calixto graduated from the University of Baguio with a degree in B.S. Criminology. He took up B.S. Public Safety at the Philippine National Police Academy and Masters in Public Administration at the National College for Business and Arts. He has also taken up advance courses in Anti-Kidnapping and Crisis Response from the Louisiana State Police Academy and French Counter-Terrorist and Israeli Anti-Training courses.He is married to Sonia C. Calixto who is also a police officer.