The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has given educational assistance to the children and beneficiaries of the 44 police commandos killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said the educational assistance given to the children of the slain policemen will cover their expenses until they finish college.
Mayor said 46 children of the commandos were granted Educational Assistance Certificates. Also, the Napolcom granted scholarships to 43 others. The latter group were either siblings, nephews or nieces of the fallen commandos.
The budget for the scholarship programs will come from the Presidential Social Fund (PSF) and the Commission on Higher Education.
Under the scholarship program, those in kindergarten will be given P10,000 per school year, P18,000 for those in elementary, P24,000 for those in high school, P18,000 for those taking technical/vocational courses, and P30,000 for those in college.
As of July 24, 2015, the surviving kin of the SAF 44 have received P69,566,524.88 in lump sum benefits, P1,016,995.70 pension benefits and P35,367,333.00 donations from the Senate of the Philippines, Congress, Local Government Units (LGUs), PNP, other government agencies and private donors, Mayor said.
He added that some LGUs also extended financial assistance to the families not coursed through the PNP.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said criminal charges will be filed next month against individuals behind the massacre of the police commandos.
De Lima said her department has yet to finish the second part of its investigation of the tragedy.
In its initial probe, prosecutors identified 90 people liable for the killings.
The second investigation focuses on the alleged involvement of American military forces and the case of a police officer who allegedly killed at least three civilians.
“We have names for respondents, as well as aliases, based on the eyewitness account of somebody whom we assigned a codename,” de Lima said.