#Fallen44: How much their grieving families will get

Thea Alberto-Masakayan
#Fallen44: How much their grieving families will get

While there is no amount of money that can compensate for the deaths of the Special Action Force (SAF) policemen, their families will receive monetary benefits.

Philippine National Police said the bereaved families can expect at least P1.5 million to P2 million in benefits.

Families of policemen killed in the line of duty are entitled to get the following: 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, according to PNP.

Members of the PNP’s Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund are also "entitled to death insurance ranging from P225,000.00 to P417,000.00 depending on rank."

Surviving kin of the SAF cops killed in Mamasapano clash will also get a monthly lifetime pension ranging from P15,000 to P25,000, and the same amount for five years from the National Police Commission, on top of death benefits.

PNP also announced Friday that the 44 slain commandos have been promoted a rank higher, raising the amount of benefits they will get.

PNP Officer-in-Charge, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said qualified dependents of the slain policemen will get scholarships, which is funded by "revenue from gun licenses and permits collected by the PNP."

Those who want to help the surviving kin of the slain policemen may also send their donations to a Landbank bank account opened by the PNP.

(Account name: PNP Special Assistance Fund; account number: 1862-1027-77)

On Friday, Filipinos offered salutes, prayers, and calls for justice as the Philippines held a National Day of Mourning for the 44 fallen members of SAF.