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Cop who died shielding kids from blast to get PNP posthumous award


The cop who died after using his body to shield children from a grenade explosion in Misamis Oriental has been recommended to receive posthumously a Philippine National Police medal.

PNP Officer in Charge Archie Gamboa has recommended the late Police Master Sergeant Jason Magno and his colleague PSMS Alice Balido, who shot the suspect, to receive the PNP Medalya ng Kadakilaan, according to a Facebook post by the PNP.

"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, Gamboa said.

Last Thursday, Ebrahim Ampaso Basher was spotted carrying a grenade and knife while roaming around the Initao College campus.

When he was confronted by authorities, the suspect threw the grenade, which Magno blocked with his own body.

Balido shot the suspect to his death.

Gamboa flew to Misamis Oriental to condole with Magno’s bereaved family and to visit Balido at the hospital.

Magno was a trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist.

"He did not die in vain. His death gave new meaning to the undying line in the PNP Hymn, 'Ihandog ang iisang buhay' which is exactly what Magno did," Gamboa said. —Julia Mari Ornedo/LBG, GMA News