Friday, January 30, 2015 | GMA News
The families of the 44 elite police officers killed during an operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao will get from P1.5 million to P2 million in death benefits, the Philippine National Police said Friday.
"Death benefits for policemen killed in [the] line of duty include P250,000.00 from the President's Social Fund; between P141,000.00 up to P181,000.00 as Special Financial Assistance (SFA) from the PNP; burial benefits worth P50,000.00; and P200,000.00 gratuity from the National Police Commission," the PNP Public Information Office said in a press release.
Police officers who are members of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund can also get death insurance of from P225,000 to P417,000, depending on their ranks.
Aside from the death benefits, the families will also receive a lifetime monthly pension of P15,000 to P25,000 and around the same amount from the Napolcom for five years.
The 44 troopers, killed on Sunday in a clash with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during an operation to arrest two international terrorists, will also receive posthumous promotions.
The new ranks, once approved by the Napolcom, will be the bases for the computation of benefits and pensions.
The government and the MILF have formed panels to investigate the clash.
The MILF signed a peace agreement with the government in 2014, and the incident has been seen by lawmakers and by both sides as a setback to the peace process. — JDS, GMA News