MANILA, Philippines – Police commandos slain during an encounter with Muslim rebels will receive full police honors, including benefits for their surviving kin.
In a statement on Monday, January 26, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said it was in the process of informing family members of at least 49 slain PNP Special Action Force (SAF) personnel.
“As a policy, the PNP withholds information about circumstances surrounding the death of a PNP member until the orphaned family has been notified,” the PNP said in a statement.
On Sunday, January 25, members from two SAF battalions entered a territory associated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while trying to locate members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The cops were tasked to serve a warrant arrest for two “high value targets,” one of them being alleged Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli Abdhir, better known as “Marwan.”
Government authorities on Monday, citing reports, said Marwan had been neutralized. But it came at a price.
“I extend my deepest sympathy to the orphaned families of our fallen policemen. They died a meaningful death on the side of justice and righteousness. They did not die in vain,” PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said in the statement.
Surviving kin of the slain cops will also receive death benefits ranging from P1.5 million to P2 million, the PNP said.
“Death benefits for policemen killed in line of duty include P250,000.00 from the President’s Social Fund; between P141,000.00 up to P181,000.00 as Special Financial Assistance (SFA) from the PNP; burial benefits worth P50,000.00; and P200,000.00 gratuity from the National Police Commission.
PNP members of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund are also entitled to death insurance ranging from P225,000.00 to P417,000.00 depending on rank,” according to the PNP.
Family members will also be entitled to a lifetime monthly pension of roughly P15,000 from the PNP and the same amount for 5 years from the National Police Commission. – Rappler.com