• Families of 8 slain SAF members to get benefits

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    THE families of the elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who were ambushed in Allacapan, Cagayan will be given welfare benefits by the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

    Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta on Monday said that he had already instructed their regional officials in Tuguegarao City to get in touch with the families to inform them on the requirements, processes and procedures for the availment of the benefits.

    “We mourn for the valiant police officers and the other victims of this heinous crime and we assure the families of the slain policemen and wounded police officers that they will receive full assistance from the Commission,” he said.

    Each family of the eight slain SAF members will receive P250,000 from the President’s Social Fund, P141,000 to P181,000 from the PNP’s (Special Financial Assistance) SFA, burial benefits of no less than P50,000 and gratuity of at least P203,000 from the Napolcom.

    Roughly between P1.5 and P2 million will go to each family on top of an estimated P15,000 monthly lifetime pension from the PNP and the same amount for five years from the Napolcom.

    Besides the pension, the families of the slain police officers will also receive burial assistance and their children will be given educational assistance.

    He also said that the Commission will grant medical and hospitalization benefits to the wounded police officers. A full medical benefits of P170,00 each to the seven wounded.

    On May 27, 15 personnel of the 24th Special Action Company, 2nd Special Action Battalion, PNP-SAF based in Barangay Cataratan, Allacapan, Cagayan were ambushed by more or less 30 New People’s Army rebels while on their way to Allacapan Municipal Police Station for ECG examination.

    One of the three landmines placed at the shoulder of the road was detonated and then followed by volleys of gunfire.

    The eight fatalities were identified as Police Officer 3 (PO3) Vladimir Tabarrejo, PO2 Engelbert Mateo, PO2 Dexter Cubilla, PO2 Jonel Bowat, PO2 Elmark Rodney Pinated, PO2 Ronald Castulo, PO1 Erick Brioso and PO1 Jerome Sanchez.

    Seven other SAF troopers were seriously wounded and they were identified as PO2 Ricky Monay, PO2 Joefrey Amilanagan, PO2 Jefrey Dalwidao, PO2 Geopano Adangi, PO2 Ronald Gomez, PO1 Ryan Asunio and PO1 Ephraim Dollete.

    They were evacuated and treated at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center and St. Paul Hospital in Tuguegarao City and are now in stable condition.

    Members of the PNP and their beneficiaries are expressly granted certain welfare benefits under the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 6963 entitled “An Act Granting Special Financial Assistance And Benefits to the Family or Beneficiary of any Police or Military Personnel or Fireman Killed or Permanently Incapacitated while in the Performance of his Duty or By Reason of His Office or Position and for Other Purposes.”

    “These benefits are administered by the Napolcom pursuant to the provisions of Sections 73 and 76 of RA 6975 or the PNP Law,” Escueta added.

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