PNP to confer award to hero cop in Misamis Oriental College blast

Robie de Guzman
The family and surviving kin of S/Mst. Sgt. James Magno who died while shielding others from a grenade blast in Misamis Oriental. (Photo courtesy: Axel Cam Tag Facebook)

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will confer a posthumous award to the police officer who died while shielding others from a grenade blast in a school in Misamis Oriental.

PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac commended the brave act of S/Mst. Sgt. James Magno who died on Thursday after he and his partner, S/Mst. Sgt. 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.

The explosion also injured Balido and some 10 students in the area. Police said the wounded persons are in stable condition.

Banac said Magno’s surviving kin will receive various benefits from the government, including P250,000 from the Presidential Social Fund, P50,000 worth of burial benefits, P200,000 gratuity fund from the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

“As a member of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund, his family may also be entitled to death insurance. These benefits are on top of the estimated P15,000 monthly lifetime pension from the PNP, and roughly the same amount of pension for five years from the Napolcom,” he added.

“Matapos lamang ‘yung opening ng Southeast Asian Games, maaaring mag-schedule po ng pagdalaw ang ating officer-in-charge, si Gen. Gamboa, doon sa namatay nating bayaning pulis at bibigyang suporta ang kanyang pamilya,” he further stated.

Banac said the PNP officer-in-charge also offered his condolences to the bereaved family of Magno.

“We give our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family of Police Senior Master Sergeant James Magno of Initao Police Station in Misamis Oriental. Police Senior Master Sergeant Magno made a supreme sacrifice by covering the grenade with his own body to save innocent civilian lives,” he relayed.

“It truly lives up to his sworn duty to serve and protect even if it costs his life. Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa expresses his condolences to the family of Sergeant Magno, and assures them that they will get full support on financial assistance and benefits, as well as for female police officer, Police Senior Master Sergeant Alice Balido, although wounded, managed to respond courageously and singled-handedly contained the threat by shooting the suspect,” he added.

Initial police investigation showed that prior to the explosion, Basher had a heated argument over a personal problem with a local government employee.

Concerned students and individuals tried to pacify the man but he threatened to detonate the grenade he was carrying. This prompted the students to call the police.

Police said investigation is still ongoing on the case.

The local government of Intao, meanwhile, has expressed its condolences to Magno’s family.

“We lost a hero today (Thursday). May his soul rest in peace,” it said on a Facebook post. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

We regret to inform you that the activities of the Lantawanan Festival tonight is cancelled due to the recent incident…

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