THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday gave a posthumous promotion to five policemen killed in the Zamboanga siege last month between government security forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction led by Nur Misuari.
Posthumously promoted were Insp. Jay Oy-Oyan and PO3 Murphy Abbilani of the Zamboanga City police office; PO2 Lawin Salisa, PO2 Enrique Afable and Christopher Hernaez, off from the Special Action Force (SAF).
Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information chief, said that aside from posthumous promotion, the families of the slain police officers will receive additional benefits aside from lifetime pension from PNP.
Each families received checks amounting to P250,000 from the President’s Social Fund; special financial assistance equivalent to six months of pay and allowances ranging from P140,000 to P181,000.
The PNP officials said the families of the slain policemen are also to receive P50,000 burial benefits and gratuity of at least P203,000 from the National Police Commission (Napolcom).
“Each orphaned family will receive roughly between P1.5 and P2 million, on top of the estimated P15,000 monthly lifetime pension from the PNP and roughly the same amount of pension for five years from the Napolcom,” Sindac said.
The PNP official said that children of the slain policemen are also entitled to PNP educational benefits and their surviving kin are also entitled to claim insurance benefits from the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund Inc., (PSMBFI), the insurance provider of the PNP.
The PNP official said that at least 17 other police personnel were also wounded in the 21 days of fighting between government troops and Misuari rebels that raged in at least six-villages of Zamboanga City. ANTHONY VARGAS