Press Release
September 17, 2017

Trillanes bats for financial assistance for uniformed and law enforcement personnel killed or injured in action

Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV has sponsored Senate Bill No. 1462 or the bill granting special financial assistance and benefits to the beneficiaries of uniformed and law enforcement personnel.

"There is no doubt that the lives and well-being of our uniformed and law enforcement personnel are at risk in the performance of their duties, especially in light of the anti-drug and anti-crime campaign of the current administration and the ongoing conflict in Marawi and other parts of Mindanao."

"Considering this risk, it is imperative that the government provide assistance to the family of the members of the PNP, AFP, BFP, BJMP, PCG, NBI, BuCor and PDEA, in case they get killed or permanently incapacitated in line of duty," Trillanes explained during his sponsorship speech.

In 1990, Republic Act No. 6963 was enacted to grant special financial assistance and benefits to the family or beneficiary of any police, military personnel, or fireman killed or permanently incapacitated while in the performance of their duty. However, the benefits under this law were limited to the members of Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau and Bureau of Fire Protection.

The Senate Civil Service Committee, chaired by Trillanes, seeks to replace and expand coverage of this law. Under SBN 1462, the family or beneficiaries of the deceased or disabled members of the PNP, AFP, BFP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Coast Guard, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Corrections and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will receive, on top of the other benefits they are entitled to, a special financial assistance, which is equivalent to six months of their monthly average salary, including allowances, bonuses. In the event that they suffer any injury in the performance of his or her duties, the hospitalization expenses, including the costs of necessary medicines and medical equipment, should be shouldered by the office or agency to which they belong.

The said financial assistance should be delivered by their respective office within three days from the receipt of their death certificate, or permanent disability notice. The funding for this will be sourced from the expected salaries, allowances and bonuses of the deceased or permanently incapacitated personnel.

Trillanes, a former member of the AFP, further encouraged his colleagues: "Through this measure, we hope to assure our uniformed and law enforcement personnel that the government will continue to look after welfare of their families, even after their selfless service to this country."

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