The Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed their condolences to the bereaved family of PSMS Jason Magno, 46 years old, who died after a grenade exploded on Thursday, Nov. 28, at the covered court of Initao College in Misamis Oriental.
PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said on Friday, Nov. 29, that Magno ‘lived up his sworn duty to serve and protect even if it costed his life’.
“The Philippine National Police mourns the death of another hero cop. We give our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family of PMSG Jason Magno of Initao Police Station in Misamis Oriental,” Banac said during a press briefing.
“Magno made a supreme sacrifice by covering the grenade with his own body to save innocent civilian lives,” the spokesman added.
The PNP assured that the family of Magno will get full support on all financial assistance and benefits.
Banac said that the surviving kin of Magno will receive death benefits that include Php 250,000 from the Presidents Social Fund, Php 141,000 from the Special Assistance Fund, Php 50,000 worth of burial benefits, Php 200,000 gratuity from the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).
He added that the family of Magno is also entitled to death insurance since the late police was a member of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund.
“These death benefits are on top of the estimated P15,000.00 pesos monthly lifetime pension from the PNP and roughly the same amount of pension for five years from the NAPOLCOM,” Banac said.
The explosion at the Initao College also resulted to the death of the suspect Ibrahim Basher, 65 years old, and injured 18 others including PSMS Abigail Balido, who also responded to the incident.
Banac assured that Basher has no links to any terrorist groups, and that he ran amok due to a problem with the local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Initao.
“Lumalabas na ang problema ng suspek ay personal,” he explained.
Banac also raised the possibility that PLtGen Archie Gamboa would visit the wake of Magno and honor him with a posthumous award after the opening ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.