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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 such purpose.

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.

sourcce: Inquirer.net

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