Aquino vows justice for fallen police commandos
MANILA, Jan 31 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday vowed justice for the 44 members of the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who died during a police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday.
He assured their respective families that the government would provide assistance, financial aid to the families of the police officers who died, as well as those who were wounded.
According to Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., the benefit package includes lifetime pension, gratuity equivalent to a year’s salary, additional pension for the next five years, Pag-Ibig Fund death benefits, insurance benefits, and commutation of leaves.
Each family will initially receive a minimum of P800,000 in cash, excluding monthly pension benefits, he said, adding that scholarship assistance will also be given to their children, as well as employment and livelihood assistance to their widows, siblings and parents.