Family of cop killed by a drug suspect assured of support

Published June 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Aaron B. Recuenco

The family of a slain police official in a viral shootout video with a suspected drug dealer in Parañaque City has been assured of financial support and other benefits, the Philippine National Police (PNP) disclosed on Tuesday.

PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said that while the financial support and other benefits are nothing compared to what he describes as an ultimate sacrifice made by Police Lt. Armand Melad, the support system from the PNP and the government is meant to show how they value the sacrifices of a law enforcer.

PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa (NCRPO PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)
PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa

Gamboa said the family of Melad will receive death benefits which include P250,000 from the President’s Social Fund, between P141,000 up to P181,000 as Special Financial Assistance (SFA) from the PNP, burial benefits worth P50,000 and P200,000 gratuity from the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).

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 P15,000.00 pesos monthly lifetime pension from the PNP and roughly the same amount of pension for five years from the Napolcom,” said Gamboa.

In the viral video, Melad was seen preventing a backrider of a motorcycle from escaping after they flagged them down for not wearing face masks and violating social distancing.

But the backrider, later identified as Moamar Sarif, was already pulling out a gun and later shot Melad repeatedly.

Although wounded, Melad was seen firing at Sarif who was later killed.

Aside from Melad, also wounded in the attack was Corporal Allan Baltazar.

Melad suffered three bullet wounds fired by the suspect and was brought to San Juan De Dios Hospital, Pasay City but later pronounced dead by the attending physician while Baltazar was hit in the leg and was already discharged from the hospital.

Police are now hunting down the companion of the slain suspect, identified as Joven Viña, alias Miro.

“It is always a sad day in the PNP when we lose good men in the fight against illegal drugs. But this only strengthens our resolve to go against individuals and crime syndicates behind the illegal drug trade,” said Gamboa.