PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go visited on Thursday, December 5, the wake of the police officer who was killed in a grenade explosion inside a college campus in the town of Initao, Misamis Oriental. They also visited another police officer who was wounded in the same incident.
A trained explosives and ordnance disposal specialist, Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno was among the first to respond when a certain Ibrahim Basher was reported to be inside the Initao College campus while wielding a bladed weapon and grenade. Magno was killed in his attempt to disarm Basher and protect innocent people from getting hurt.
During the wake visit, the President posthumously awarded Magno through his family an Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal (the highest rank) and a PNP Medal of Valor or Medalya ng Kagitingan. His family was also given special financial assistance.
Before going to the wake, President Duterte and Senator Go also visited Police Senior Master Sergeant Alice B. Balido who was wounded in the same incident. She was awarded an Order of Lapu-lapu Kampilan Medal for her service along with financial assistance from the Office of the President.
The President instructed the PNP to ensure the safety of the victims and their families from possible retaliation from those affiliated with the suspect.
President Duterte also instructed the presidential staff to assist the families of both police officers for their medical and employment needs.
Meanwhile, Senator Go is set to file a Senate resolution on Monday recognizing the two police officers for their “exemplary courage and heroism.”
Go describes Magno’s deed as “supreme self-sacrifice and distinctive acts of heroism and gallantry.” The senator believes that the state must consistently honor its military and police officers “in order to strengthen patriotic spirit and nationalistic consciousness.”