Duterte honors hero cop in Misamis school blast

Robie de Guzman
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte posthumously awards the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kalasag to the late Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno as he visits the wake in Initao, Misamis Oriental on December 5, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday honored the policeman who died while shielding others from a grenade blast at a school in Misamis Oriental last week.

During a wake visit, Duterte posthumously conferred to Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag and the Philippine National Police Medal of Valor.   

The President also presented the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal to the family of Magno. His family was also given financial assistance.

The Philippine National Police Medal of Valor is the highest PNP award recognizing police personnel who has performed “a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty so conspicuously as to distinguish him above his comrades.”

The Order of Lapu Lapu, Rank of Kalasag, is given to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.

Magno died on Nov. 28 after he and his partner, Senior Master Sergeant Alice Balido, responded to complaints of a man causing trouble inside a school in Initao town.

The man, identified as 65-year old Ebrahim Ampaso Basher, was carrying a hand grenade while walking around the school.

Basher threw the grenade when he was confronted by police officers.

Magno then dropped down and covered the grenade with his own body to save innocent civilians around, while his partner, shot the suspect resulting in his death.

Balido and some 10 students were injured in the incident.

Balido received the Order of Lapu Lapu, Rank of Kampilan from the President, along with some financial assistance from the government.

The Order of Lapu Lapu, Kampilan Medal is bestowed upon individuals who were seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property as a result of their participation in activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.

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