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President Duterte honors hero cop in Misamis school explosion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte posthumously awards the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kalasag to the late Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno as he visits the wake in Initao, Misamis Oriental on December 5, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

INITAO, Misamis Oriental—President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday has posthumously conferred the Order of Lapu Lapu on a policeman killed by a grenade blast here last November 28.

The President awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag to Police Master Sgt. Jason Magno who died during an incident involving a man armed with a hand grenade inside a campus in Initao.

At the same time, the President extended his condolences to the family of the slain policeman, who also received the Medal of Valor for his gallantry.

Also receiving the Order of Lapu Lapu, Rank of Kampilan from the President was Master Sergeant Alice Balido, who was injured during the same incident.

The Philippine National Police Medal of Valor is the highest PNP award recognizing police personnel who has performed “a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty so conspicuously as to distinguish him above his comrades.”

The Order of Lapu Lapu, Rank of Kalasag, is given to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.

The Order of Lapu Lapu, Kampilan Medal, on the other hand, is bestowed upon individuals who were seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property as a result of their participation in activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.

According to reports, lawmen received information about a man carrying a grenade around Initao College here in Misamis Oriental. Authorities immediately went to the area.

When Police Master Sgt. Magno attempted to make an arrest, the suspect lobbed the grenade inside the campus. Magno used his body to shield others from the explosion killing him as a result. The suspect was shot and killed by the police.

Aside from Police Master Sergeant Balido, 16 other individuals were injured at Initao College. PND