Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno

Duterte honors hero cop who saved students in Misamis campus blast

/ 09:31 AM December 06, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno, who died after shielding students from a grenade explosion at the Initao College in Misamis Oriental, was posthumously conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Medal of Valor by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte visited Magno’s wake on Thursday night and bestowed the awards to the late police officer through his family.



President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno in Initao, Misamis Oriental on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (Photo from Sen. Bong Go)

Magno’s family likewise received a special financial assistance package.

Magno, trained explosives and ordnance disposal specialist, was among the first responders at the scene when a man wielding a bladed weapon and grenade entered the Initao College campus in Barangay Jampason, Misamis Oriental last week.


Magno and the suspect wrestled for the grenade, but the latter had already pulled its safety pin and threw it to the ground.

Magno immediately “embraced” the grenade with his body, killing him instantly but preventing more fatalities.

Cop sacrifices himself to lessen casualties in Initao College grenade blast

The President also visited Police Senior Master Sergeant Alice Balido who was among those wounded in the blast.

She was awarded an Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan Medal for her service along with financial assistance from the Office of the President.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Jason Magno, Medal of Valor, Misamis Oriental, PNP‎, Rodrigo Duterte
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.