Mr. Duterte’s vow to increase the gross pay of personnel of the
Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines was
an integral part of his campaign during the May 9 elections, which he
anchored on a no-nonsense approach to solving crimes.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Thursday said the government would
not be able to fulfill President Duterte’s commitment to double the
basic salary of state forces in his first year in office, saying the
P3.35-trillion proposed budget for 2017 did not include allocation for
The President said providing better compensation to law enforcement
agents would discourage them from engaging in unlawful activities like
protecting illegal drug syndicates.
However, Diokno said the realization of the President’s campaign promise
may have to be on the back burner for the meantime as the government
would have to address other pressing financial issues besetting the PNP
and the AFP.
“We’re studying that. In fact, we are trying to consider everything.
The problem is that the government already owes so much to the pension
fund of the (soldiers) and policemen. It has ballooned,” he said after
presenting the Duterte administration’s first proposed budget.
But the budget chief said AFP and PNP personnel would receive a pay
increase next year as part of the second tranche of the Salary
Standardization Law which then President Benigno Aquino III had signed.