By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be designating a policeman, or a “survivor officer” who will be tasked with handling all the documentary requirements needed for benefits entitled to lawmen who will die on the line-of-duty.
PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said the designation of the survivor officer was the police leadership’s form of assistance to the family of slain cops.
“We don’t want the grieving family to suffer the burden of taking care of the documentary requirements. Namatayan na nga, nagluluksa na eh pag-aasikasuhin mo pa ng mga dokumento,” said Albayalde.
“They should just receive the documents that they are entitled. We promise and commit that we will expedite the processing of the documents for their benefits,” he added.
The official said that policemen, who are killed-in-action, usually receive some P300,000 to P400,000 assistance. This is on top of other benefits such as the pension that the family would receive.
Albayalde made the statement amid the incident at the Special Action Force (SAF) Headquarters wherein a police commando shot dead his commanding officer during an argument.
He said the incident would call for a possible review of protocol when commanders would summon any of his men in order to avoid violent confrontation.
The SAF police major, it was recalled, was shot dead after the wife of a SAF police commando suspect allegedly used his name just to compel him to provide financial support.
During the confrontation wherein the commander wanted to settle the problem, he was shot dead by his subordinate.
“It is very rare that this thing would happen because of the level of discipline of SAF. We want to look into a possibility of lapses on this kind of incident, in order to ensure the protection of the commander,” said Albayalde.