Profits pour in for families of SAF heroes
MANILA, Philippines – The 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) commandos killed may have been just as heroic in battle, but in death their rank and seniority dictate their valor.
The families of the men killed in the Mamasapano clash with Moro rebels in Maguindanao province have so far received at least 24.5 million pesos in total government benefits, but they have received varying amounts, including based on the seniority of the police officers killed, years of service, and contribution to the Public Security Mutual Benefits Fund Inc. (PSMBFI).
The families of the youngest fallen hero M1 Joseph Sagonoy and recruit M1 Loreto Capinding II have each received P407566 from the Office of the President, the Philippine National Police and the PSMBFI so far.
The largest amount went to the Insp family. Ryan Pabalinas, at P764,824,07, followed by Insp. John Garry Erana, whose family received P753,525,90.
The services of the commissioned officers totaled more than P 700,000, while 13 of the 44 SAF soldiers each received at least P 541,770.
From the PNP, families will receive the monetary equivalent of the leave accumulated by the police on February 25 and their monthly pension for life from March 16.
Again, depending on the ranks of SAF soldiers, the PNP pension varies from P15,000 to P25,000 per month.
Families also received from PSMBFI a cash advance and 25 percent of basic life insurance from their killed parents, while other benefits were still being processed.
Each family also has P 250,000 from the President’s Social Fund.
Burial and bonus allowances and a monthly pension for SAF widows are also due by the National Police Commission, bonus allowances equivalent to one year’s salary of soldiers killed and burial costs equivalent to their three-month base salary. The five-year pension is equivalent to 80 percent of the soldier’s basic monthly salary.
The families of police officers killed in the performance of their duties are entitled to death benefits, including P 250,000 from the Presidential Social Fund, from 141,000 to 181,000 PNP in special financial assistance from the PNP and 50,000 PPA to the burial costs.
PSMBFI members are also entitled to death insurance claims ranging from P 225,000 to P 417,000 each, depending on their rank.
“These benefits will be given to the families (of the SAF men killed), apart from the aid promised by other government agencies,” said PNP spokesman, the chief superintendent. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said, adding that the profits were released almost a month after the Jan. 25 clash in Mamasapano.
Meanwhile, the 15 SAF commandos wounded in combat have so far received a total of 1.19 million pesos in aid from the Presidential Social Fund and the PSMBFI.
Four of the injured — M3 Rommel Magno, M3 Ryan Temporada, PO2 Jovalyn Lozano and PO2 Dominick Lukingan – who sustained serious injuries each received P 100,000 from the President’s Social Fund.
Help from various government agencies, including the Ministry of Social Protection and Development and the Ministry of Education, is also available, Cerbo said, adding that President Aquino’s meeting with the families of the SAF men on Wednesday was meant to be a personal exchange and discussion. of their concerns.
Unlike some media outlets, Cerbo said there was no confrontation between the president and some of the families during this meeting.
“I was there all the time. I did not see any screaming or confrontation. What I can say is that there was free trade, ”said the PNP official. “I can’t identify any case as a confrontation (and) no family has raised their voice,” he added.
“All the feelings (of the families) were the same. All seek truth and justice, ”Cerbo said of the rally that took place in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
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