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Casilao gloats over SSS pension hike; hits Diokno, Dominguez, Pernia one more time

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Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao on Wednesday (January 11) rubbed the militant solons’ Social Security System (SSS) “victory” on the faces of what he deridingly calls the “neo-liberal bloc” within President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet.

On Tuesday, Duterte finally approved a P1,000-pension hike for retired SSS members.

“It’s a combination of militant assertion and collective actions of both the pensioners and their supporters that compelled the president to take side with the people, in contrast of the neo-liberal blabber of his economic managers, who connived to block the pension increase which were fought for by progressive lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives for many years,” Casilao said.

Casilao was referring to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Department of Finance (DOF) Sec. Carlos Dominguez and National Economic and Dev’t Authority (NEDA) Director-General Ernesto Pernia.

The trio had tried to dissuade Duterte from approving the original P2,000 across-the-board pension increase, saying it would lead to SSS bankruptcy.

Anakpawis said it is “thankful for the increase but the fight will continue until the next second tranche of P1, 000 will be given to the pensioners”.