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Planned cuts in military pension anti-people

The proposal to scrap/cut/stop the pension adjustment of retired military pensioners and surviving spouses under Presidential Decree 1638 whenever active soldiers are given a salary increase is “unconstitutional,” untimely and anti-people, given ever-rising prices of basic commodities, tuition, medicines, services, electricity and transport fares, aggravated by high/exorbitant interest rates and the many miscellaneous deductions being levied by lending establishments on pension loans.

The staggering trillions and trillions of pesos that will supposedly be needed to be budgeted for the program in the next 10, 20, 30, 40 years is a mere concoction to frighten government and President Aquino.

Our counter-proposal is this: PD 1638 should be amended. The provision stating that the pensions of retired military personnel should also be given an adjustment whenever the active members of the AFP receive a salary increase, should be qualified thus: “This provision shall continue in full force and effect, covering only those military personnel who have already retired; the incoming retirees shall no longer be covered by this particular provision effective upon approval of this amendment to this Decree.” Our reason for this is: after 10 years, 60 percent of the pensioners will no longer be around; after 20 years, only 30 percent will be alive, and after 30 years, probably not one of them would be left.

The government should allocate funds from the royalties from the Malampaya oil/gas wells to pay the more than 100 months differential arrears that have accumulated due to plunder, as exposed by former Lt. Col. George Rabusa. Likewise, monthly pensions and adjustments must be taken from Malampaya oil/gas income and other oil/gas projects in the country. Military pensioners risked their lives in patriotic service to the country. And in the event of a shooting war breaking out between the Philippines and another country, say China, over the Spratlys and the oil reserves believed to be underneath them, the able-bodied among the military pensioners could be called back for duty.

Hence, pensioners are not a “burden,” as some critics see them.  Why is it that some people are hell-bent to deprive us of our already minuscule life-sustaining pension adjustment under PD 1638?

—ROBERTO B. CAOILE,

retired Army 2Lt,

president,

Federasyon ng Retiradong

Kasundaluhan at Kapamilya

sa Pilipinas-International Inc.,

193-B Guiho St., Cembo,

Fort Bonifacio, Makati City


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  • Anonymous

    Last Feb 2011, Sec Abad withheld the amount of P8.6B from the AFP Personnel Services Fund for military retirees and widows intended as their fair share under the Salary Standardization Law III. In fact there were still arrears unpaid from 2010! This is the gravest injustice that you can do to people who have rendered their government service with no less than their lives. They are eagerly waiting for the release of said funds.
    President Aquino, please do not forsake these forgotten heroes!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SSIOG2PG33MAOXOJM2YBHBPYNM Ariel CRUZ

      Kawawa naman talaga ang mga retirees na sundalo. Ginugol ang buong “serviceable life” na hawak ang baril, para ipagtanggol ang kapayapaan, para sa matiwasay na pamumuhay at paghahanapbuhay ng buong bansa at habang ginagawa nila ang serbisyong ito, naghikaos ang kanilang pamilya.

      Ngayon, ala na silang sweldo, malulugi pa sila sa pension?  Gaano naman kalupit na kapalaran yan kuya eddie…yan ba ang ganti ng estado sa ating mga buhay na bayani?

      My snappy salutes to the retirees!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001107216441 Mhark Dellosa

      FM:Black Panther (Class 16)
            Dapat mag resign na sa kani-kanilang puwesto sa gobyerno o maging private offices ang mga nagpapanukala sa pagputol ng ating mga pension increase .Alis na kayo diyan! yes aatend kami ng first congress ng mga retired military pensioners saan ang venue at kailan ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MT3OERBZR4C3EMGHT5XNISTWM4 Jeff

    To the author of this article, you’re very right Sir. Dahil sa kasuwapangan ng mga nagretired na na mga Generals na nangulimbat ng limpak na limpak na salapi ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas kaya nangyayari itong mga proposal na ito. Bakit hindi ibalik sa kabang yaman ang mga ninanakaw nila? I’m also a military man about to retire soon and I feel very disappointed to that proposal. Ang mga mambabatas lalo na ang mga  nagpanukala dito ay sila ang dapat bawasan ng mga appropriations para hindi magsuffer ang mga kawawang kasundalohan.  

  • Anonymous

    Cut the never-ending corruption in the military!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    kawawa naman ang mga retiradong kawal kung di mai-adjust ang pension nila pag may salary  increase ang mga aktibo, halos di na maka-agapay ang mga old foggies sa walang tigil na pag-taas ng mga bilihin eh pambili na nga lang ng gamot di na magkasya ang kakarampot na nakukuha nila, sana wag na ituloy ni abad ang plano niya

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002362569369 Bert Caoile

    The Federasyon ng Retiradong Kasundaluhan at Kapamilya sa Pilipinas-International Inc (FRKKPII) will conduct 1st Congress of all retired military pensioners/families/dependents in protest to this proposed pension adjustment cut/stoppage under PD 1638. Date and venue to be announced later on by the Officers of FRKKPII. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001107216441 Mhark Dellosa

    FM:Jorge Balate
          Mga walang kaluluwa at  puso sa kapwa retired ng mga ito kung sino-sino ba itong mga napo propose na tanggalin ang ating adjustment sa ating mga pension Oh! ang mga sipsip at nagpapalakas kay Presidente Pnoy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001107216441 Mhark Dellosa

    FM:Diony (ex-member,14th Inf Bn)
          Mga hangal at makasarili itong mga nag aamyenda ng ating PD 1638 upang mawala na ang ating dagdag pension sa mga ito manigas na sana ang mga hunyango at mapag balatkayo sa mga kagubatan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001107216441 Mhark Dellosa

    FM :Batch 5’7
          Hi folks pensioners come and join us to counter these people trying to demolish our pension increase let us protest them out, they are really hypocrites and above all anti-people.



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