THE Philippine National Police yesterday condoled with the family of a Bulacan policeman slain in a shootout with a suspected drug-crazed criminal before Friday midnight and said he will be given a hero’s burial and all financial aid for his family.
PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said that slain Corporal Ronnie Tamaliwan of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office’s Intelligence Branch will also be bestowed the PNP Heroism Medal.
Gamboa assured that the families and kin of the fallen cop will get all the financial support and social benefits due to any police personnel who had offered his life in the line of duty.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, the PNP high command extends condolences to the bereaved family of Cpl. Tamaliwan,” he said.
PNP spokesman, Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said that the family of Tamaliwan will receive P250,000 from the President’s Social Fund; between P141,000 up to P181,000as Special Financial Assistance from the PNP; burial benefits worth P50,000; and P200,000 gratuity from the National Police Commission.
PNP members of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund are also entitled to death insurance 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, Banac added.
According to Bulacan police director, Colonel Chito G. Bersaluna, Cpl. Tamaliwan was shot in the body by suspect Nesty Nacino after the policeman and his colleagues responded to a report regarding the presence of armed persons creating trouble and threatening village security personnel in Barangay Lalangan in Plaridel municipality at 10 p.m. Friday.
“We are grieving the death of one of our comrades who risked his life to fulfill his sworn duty to serve and protect,” said Bersaluna.
Bersaluna said that members of the Bulacan Provincial Intelligence Branch and SWAT arrived at the scene past 11 p.m. and were about to surround the place where the gunmen were sighted when shots were fired reportedly by Nacino who is also known for using the alias ‘Wek.’
An ensuing firefight resulted in the killing of Cpl. Tamaliwan. Bersaluna said that after shooting the policeman, the suspect continued battling the officers while holed in his house and even lobbed a grenade at the officers which did not explode.
Bersaluna said that Nacino, who turned out to have been just recently released from the Bulacan Provincial Jail where he was detained for a drug-related case, also transferred to a nearby building which is undergoing construction where he continued engaging the policemen in a shootout.