THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has opened a bank account for families of the 44 police commandos who were killed in a firefight in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao last Sunday.
The slain members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) will also be given posthumous promotions to the next rank, the police organization announced also on Friday.
The account with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) will facilitate cash donations intended for the families of the fallen police officers.
The LandBank account will also be used for cash donations intended for the kin of the slain troops.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, said in a statement that donations for the families of the troops may be deposited in the account “PNP Special Assistance Fund Account 1862-1027-77.”
Donors may contact the PNP thru text Police Chief Inspector Renante Pinuela of the Directorate for Comptrollership at mobile number 09178576020 for donation details, Cerbo added.
The donations will help boost benefits that will be given to the relatives of the slain SAF members.
The PNP officer-in-charge, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, has approved, for endorsement to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) a recommendation of the PNP Special Promotion Awards and Decorations Board, to confer meritorious promotion to the 44 fallen police commandos.
The police operation’s objective was to arrest “high–value” terrorist targets, Malaysian Zulkipli Bin Hir alias “Marwan” and Abdul Basit Usman, both known as bomb makers.
With the posthumous promotion, all financial benefits and pension due the commandos’ kin will be computed based on the salary scale of the new rank, Espina said in statement.
At the same time, Espina also announced availability of PNP educational benefits to qualified dependents of the slain police officers.
This PNP scholarship program is bankrolled by revenues from gun licenses and permits collected by the police organization.
The troops’ relatives are entitled to receive death benefits ranging from P1.5 million to P2 million.
Death benefits for policemen killed in line of duty include P250,000 from the President’s Social Fund; and between P141,000 and up to P181,000 as Special Financial Assistance from the PNP.
The relatives will also receive burial benefits worth P50,000 and P200,000 gratuity from the Napolcom.
PNP members of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund are also entitled to death insurance ranging from P225,000 to P417,000 depending on rank.
These death benefits are on top of the monthly lifetime pension from the PNP ranging from P15,000 to P25,000 depending on rank and roughly the same amount of pension for five years from the Napolcom.