PNP opens bank account for fallen 44

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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.

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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.

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  1. ma.evelyn zabala on

    I have been grieving for almost two weeks now. I have high respects for Gen. Espina. As a sibling to former SAF trooper, I know the pains the officer undergoes in training that even my mother got sick every time the boys are on-the-move. It’s indeed painful for all members of the family to see their loved one coming home with face so unrecognizable.

    How about the criminal aspects of what happened Sir? Why was the administration acted so fast in having that necrological service and the giving of medals of valor and what not but forgot -or intentionally skipped the basic criminal procedures like an autopsy- and everything akin to the SOCO job?

    With the PNP Account intended specially for the survivors and families of SAF 44, I hope every peso will be clearly accounted for. Gen. Espina knows what to do . I think Mar Roxas does know what to do, too.

  2. vagoneto rieles on

    We congratulate General Espina for his thoughtful and generous moves. He is definitely a grade removed from his cowardly suspended boss, Purisima. I just hope that all those funds intended for the beneficiaries are fully controlled by the bank and the beneficiary, and that General Espina says so. It might be an unfair, if not totally undeserved, notion..but, the PNP seem associated with sticky fingers.