By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has vowed to file a resolution seeking to honor the cop who gave his life to save several school children from an armed assailant.
Angara said Police Master Sergeant Jason Magno deserves the recognition for making an ultimate sacrifice after using his own body to shield the students from a grenade blast.
Magno, he said, responded to the call of his duty when he and another colleague who responded to the incident tried to subdue the man who ran amuck inside the Initao College campus in Misamis Oriental.
“Master Sergeant Magno responded to the call of duty to protect the lives of civilians. Without thinking of his own safety, he used his body to cover the grenade, saving more lives but tragically losing his own in the process,” Angara said.
“It is only proper that the Senate recognizes Magno for his heroism. It is men like him who represent the best of the PNP and Filipinos as a whole,” he added.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has earlier said it is also considering granting Magno a “Medalya ng Kadakilaan” or PNP Heroism Medal in recognition of his public service and bravery.
Just before noon of Nov. 28, a man wielding a bladed weapon and grenade entered the Initao College campus in Barangay Jampason, Misamis Oriental.
Magno and fellow Master Sergeant Alice Balido responded to the incident and faced the assailant who was threatening the students and faculty of the school.
The assailant reportedly hurled the grenade, prompting Magno to use his body to cover the explosive in order to shield the civilians in the vicinity. A total of 10 students and Balido were injured from the incident.
“Master Sergeant Magno’s heroic death should serve as a reminder of the service provided by our brave men and women in the PNP. Every day they risk their lives to keep us safe from criminal elements,” the senator said.
“The Senate expresses its condolences to the family he left behind. We need more heroes like Master Sergeant Magno,” the lawmaker stressed.