PNP to honor cop who died shielding studes from grenade blast

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    A POLICEMAN who died shielding students from a grenade blast last Thursday at a school in Misamis Oriental and his injured companion have been recommended to receive the PNP’s Medalya ng Kadakilaan.

    PNP officer in charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa yesterday flew to Misamis Oriental to condole with the family of M/Sgt. Jason Magno and check on Senior Master Sgt. Alice Balido who is recuperating at a hospital.

    PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the two cops were recommended to receive the seventh highest medal in recognition of their deeds.

    “He did not die in vain. His death gave new meaning to (an) undying line in the PNP Hymn ‘ihandog ang iisang buhay,’ which is exactly what Magno did,” Gamboa said of Magno, an explosive and ordnance disposal specialist.

    He died while subduing 65-year-old Ebrahim Ampaso Basher, who barged into the Initao College after his vehicle was apprehended by environment officials for carrying undocumented lumber and lobbed a grenade at the students.

    “Magno, Balido and countless other police heroes who came before them are imbued with the same patriotism of Bonifacio and our national heroes who died for our country,” said Gamboa.

    Banac said Magno and Balido “tried to contain the effects of a grenade lobbed by an amok inside the campus of Initao College by absorbing the blast with their own bodies to protect innocent students from harm.