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It’s official! Soldiers to see small increases in paychecks starting August – Duterte

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Law enforcement personnel who get excited everytime President Rodrigo Duterte reminds them of his promise to increase their salaries within the year can now feel it coming to fruition beginning this August.

Their Commander-in-Chief announced this himself on Thursday (July 28) when he faced soldiers belonging to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command, headquartered in Camp Guillermo Nakar, Lucena City, Quezon.

“Ako po ay nag-order ng increase of salaries, beginning August, dahan-dahan na kayong makakuha ng incremental increases ninyo…” Duterte said. He asked them to bear with him at the moment because his commitment to double their salaries would not happen immediately.

The president explained he has to work within the 2015 budget prepared by the previous administration so his control over the funds is limited. He, however, assured them of bigger paychecks next year.

“Hindi ho natin madali lahat ‘yan. Alam ninyo that I went into the presidency midstream. Ibig sabihin, nandiyan na ‘yung budget, which was prepared last year and there (was) not really much money to go around. I have to worry about the entire machinery of the republic,” Duterte said.

“I was not the one who programmed ‘yung gastusin natin and ‘yung promise ko, that was a campaign promise in my quest for the presidency, but hindi kasali ‘yan sa budget ngayon. Next year, I can program the money properly, but I have insisted sa budget na it must be implemented now.

So magkakaroon kayo ng incremental increases by the months as they go by until such time that I would be able to make my promise to really doblado na ‘yung suweldo ninyo. Kayo lang talaga ang nauna because I know your sacrifice,” he said.