Retired Police Sgt. Hector Fernandez is now resting in Gingoog City suspending his symbolic “Long Walk Protest from Cagayan De Oro City to Manila” on the unreleased benefits for Total Permanent Physical Disability (TPPD) and Survivors of the Philippine National Police (PNP). This after he received a call from Malacanang and talked directly with President Rodrigo Duterte on the matter.
Fernandez who resides in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon received a conference call yesterday August 2 from Malacanang with President Duterte, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. Accordingly, President Duterte learned about his protest and initially thought it only concerned him (Fernandez). They talked for about half an hour on the issue. Watch the details below as disclosed by Hendrick Adal Dacuyan.
It can be recalled that the subject benefits to members of the PNP who become permanently incapacitated, Killed in Action (KIA) or Wounded in Action (WIA) in the performance of duty were temporarily suspended by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in January 2020 upon instruction by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) because accordingly, the payment by NAPOLCOM under the TPPD Benefits Program is tantamount to double payment of pension considering that the PNP also grants the same benefits. (LINK) Read the advisory below.
Fernandez was forced to retire in 2011 after suffering a spinal cord injury during a police operation in Nueva Ecija. His disability is officially listed as Cervical Spinal Slip Disc Multiple and Lower Back Spinal Slip Disc and Right Knee injury.
His planned long walk protest which started at Sayre Highway in Upper Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City last July 30, 2021 would have taken him from Misamis Oriental to Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Western Samar, Northern Samar, Bicol, Southern Tagalog and finally Manila. He was estimated to reach Manila in 25-30 days.
Check out his long walk protest photos below.