THE Philippine National Police on Thursday said families and relatives of the slain 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) have received nearly P70 million in lump-sum death benefits from the PNP, National Police Commission (Napolcom) and Office of the President.
According to the PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilfredo Franco, the kin of the 44 police commandos received another P11 million in cash donations from the Senate, House of Representatives and the local government unit of Dasmariñas, Cavite.
In addition to the lump-sum benefits and cash donations, Franco said, qualified beneficiaries will receive an average monthly pension of P12,000 from the PNP and another P16,000 average monthly pension from the Napolcom.
The lump-sum benefits received by all SAF 44 beneficiaries include P250,000 from the President’s Social Fund totaling P11 million, an average of P174,600 Special Financial Assistance (SFA) from the PNP totaling P7.6 million and an average of P218,294 in Commutation of Accrued Leaves (CAL) totaling P9.6 million.
Franco said other individual lump-sum benefits received by each of the SAF 44 families include an average of P26,062 in back-earned pension from the PNP and an average of P65,759 in burial benefits from the Napolcom.
Also each family received an average of P263,039 Napolcom gratuity and Napolcom back-earned pension of about P38,222 and an average of P557,677 insurance benefits from the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund Inc.
The PNP spokesman said each SAF 44 beneficiary has received an average of P1,593,656.19 in total lump-sum benefits depending on rank.
All such benefits were received thru individual checks.
Franco added that pension payments to the beneficiaries were paid thru individual ATM accounts with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) while Napolcom is also granting educational scholarships to deserving children of the SAF 44.
The 44 SAF commandos were killed after engaging combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a deadly encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last January 25.
The armed clash took place after the police troops launched “Oplan Exodus,” an anti-terror operation meant to get Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkipli Bin Hir alias Marwan and his local protege, Abdul Basit Usman.
Marwan was killed at the onset of the operation said to be planned by the then-suspended PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima, who quit his post a few days after the operation was launched.