The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has set up a bank account for donations intended for families of the slain SAF members.
ON DONATIONS TO FAMILIES OF SLAIN SAF MEMBERS:
The President last night appealed to the public to extend utmost support to the bereaved families of the heroic members of the PNP-Special Action Force, who gave their lives in the service of the country.
Donations may be given through the account established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as follows:
Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) Account Name: “DSWD- Armed Conflict Mamasapano, Maguindanao”
LBP Current Account Number (CA) No. 3122-1026-28
Note from Sec. Sonny Coloma
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Before making a donation, read the last 5 paragraphs of this official statement from the Philippine National Police (PNP), a copy of which can be found here.
The Philippine National Police is now in the process of delivering the sad news to surviving family members of policemen slain in an encounter last Sunday with lawless elements in Maguindanao.
As a policy, the PNP withholds information about circumstances surrounding the death of a PNP member until the orphaned family has been notified.
On Monday, the Philippine Flag was hoisted at half-mast at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame as a sign of mourning over the loss of brothers in uniform.
“I extend my deepest sympathy to the orphaned families of our fallen policemen. They died a meaningful death on the side of justice and righteousness. They did not die in vain,” PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo A Espina said.
Despite the momentary setback of law enforcement operations against lawless elements in Mindanao, Espina expressed confidence that “justice and peace will prevail.”
Meantime, the PNP is preparing the highest police honors to be given to the slain policemen, including all benefits due to the surviving kin.
Surviving kin of slain policemen in Maguindanao encounter are entitled to receive death benefits ranging from P1.5-million to P2-million.
Death benefits for policemen killed in 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.
PNP members of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund are also entitled to death insurance ranging from P225,000.00 to P417,000.00 depending on rank.
These death 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.
Why is the DSWD asking for donations?