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Tama pala si Aquino: Duterte apologizes for failing in SSS pension hike campaign promise

Jan 1, 2017 @ 10:37

It was one of his biggest campaign promises but President Rodrigo Duterte came to a rude awakening when he realized that President Benigno Aquino was right all along in vetoing the P2,000 increase in pension benefits of the Social Security System (SSS).

In an interview with PTV-4, Duterte felt constrained to explain what he called as the “impasse” between Congress who resurrected he P2,000 increase and his economic managers who balked at the impact of the pension hike for private employees on the government.

Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez, Socioecomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and Budget Secretary Ben Diokno who gave a “bleak outlook” to the President that the SSS simply does not have the funds to meet the pension hike and the only alternative was for the government to subsidize it which would be unfair to non-SSS members.

“I promised that it would come your way before the year ends. I’m very sorry but that’s how it is. I do not own the money. And hindi naman—Ang problema kasi dito is government assures everybody that SSS will remain solvent for all times,” Duterte said.

“So just in case there will be severe shortages, it’s not a sovereign thing, debt something like that. But it’s an assumption of, it’s a legal guarantee of a government that created another agency under its wings. And if it, if it… You know, if anything goes there, it will be passed on to the taxpayers, those who are not members. So that’s the problem. Because hindi naman kasalanan ng buong bayan. Hindi naman sila miyembro lahat. Government tayo, GSIS (government Service Insurance System). So the same thing,” said Duterte.

During the campaign, Duterte boasted that the raising the SSS pension was just a matter of political will and that he promised he could have it in place in the first six months in office. Duterte was capitalizing on the public fallout against Aquino who had to veto the pension hike because it was a no-win for the government..

But Duterte said he would still ask his economic managers if there was really no alternative. “Anyway, we’ll meet again. Naunahan ko lang because marami na kasing pumapasok tawag of what happened. So is there or is there not anything to expect in the days ahead,” said Duterte.

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  • Naloko Na!

    Crime will end in 6 months – Fail
    SSS increase – Fail

    • Takumi Fujiwara

      At least may nagawa siya. He didnt expect the magnitude of the problem na iniwan ng amo mong AbNoy. Still, the good things he has accomplished in his 1st 6 months, may panama ba ang 6 years ni Panot? Now answer that. Dami mo alam. Dalawa lang fail nya. Kay Panot, bilangin mo. Wag kang bobo, troll na nagtatago sa fake account na wala namang muka at di pa pangalan ang gamit!

      • Naloko Na!

        Wala pang 1 year yan…….
        Ikaw mag bilang Kung marunong ka?
        Hindi ako Troll…………Ikaw SUPOT!
        HAHAHAHA!

        • Takumi Fujiwara

          Oo wala pang 1 year pero marami na nagawa. At di naman paramihan ng nagawa ang topic mo. Dalawang fail ni duterte. Gusto mo bilangan kita ng ilan sa mga pagkakamali ni panot? Bigyan kitang lima:
          1.failure to stop TANIM BALA
          -Duterte, isang salita lang natigil na

          2.asan yolanda funds? Asan ang housing?
          -Duterte, 18 days lang nakapagawa agad

          3.pagpirma ng FOI bill, may 6 years siya sa pwesto, di napirmahan
          -Duterte, day 1, signed the foi

          4.saff 44 na di man lang binisita
          -Duterte, kahit mga local soldiers at cafgu isa isa pinuntahan

          5.panot’s time-processing papers abutin ng buwan
          -Duterte provides fast lane.

          Now shut up! Kung di ka troll ilabas mo muka mo at tunay mo pangalan! Ikaw ang supot!

          • Naloko Na!

            5 in 6 years…….Si Sira Ulong Digong 2 in less than 1 year! HAHAHAHA!

            SUPOT KA TALAGA!

          • Julia Bronzon

            Such comments reflect only an inner negative mind-frame and a very unhappy individual. Be good to yourself! – Peace… wishing you a fruitful, meaningful and healthy 2017!

          • Naloko Na!

            Such a comment also reflects your blindness. It’s ironic when you say Peace when you condone brutal killings from a Crazy President……but just the same, Peace!….and have a murderless, no cursing, and no womanizing 2017!

          • Christian Lesigues

            Research! Research! Research! Thats what you need!

          • Naloko Na!

            MISMO!

          • geo

            promise ha jetski kau….

          • michael custodio

            takumi, yung promise ni digong pinag uusapan, wag na tayong humanap ng sisisihin, si digong na nakaupo, baka pati si manuel quezon hanapan mo pa ng apagkakamali, si digong na lang pag usapan pati promise nya,…hindi nya alam magnitude ng problema?? hahahaha, mlahat ng loser ganyan ang magiging katwiran

          • Naloko Na!

            Tumpak!

        • Julia Bronzon

          Such comments reflect only an inner negative mind frame. Be good to yourself! – Peace… wishing you a fruitful, meaningful and healthy 2017!

          • Naloko Na!

            Such a comment also reflects your blindness. It’s ironic when you say Peace when you condone brutal killings from a Crazy President…..but just the same, Peace!….and have a murderless, no cursing, and no womanizing 2017!

      • Dog-sama!!

        name what he did aside from encouraging the execution of pushers and drug addicts.

    • Julia Bronzon

      Such comments reflect only an inner negative mind frame. The fact is the President delivered far more than any other previous presidents in the first 6 months in office. Please try to see the big picture and see the good things that are happening in the day to day lives of the people, not only in your environment but beyond your comfort zone. – Peace… wishing you a fruitful, meaningful and healthy 2017!

      • Naloko Na!

        Trying to see the big picture of Killing? Of Threats? Of Name Calling? Of Cursing? Of Womanizing?…….Then Cowardly Kissing the Ass of China? Who actually is the biggest Drug maker of Shabu?

        Care to elaborate on his achievements? He just killed the most number of people. He stopped Tanim Bala. He has an unstable truce with the NPA. The rest are from Previous Administrations. His Press Team can’t even get the stories straight!

        Such comments also reflects your blindness. It’s ironic when you say Peace when you condone brutal killings from a Crazy President……but just the same, Peace!….and have a murderless, no cursing, and no womanizing 2017!

        • Des

          How about YOUR accomplishments? Care to elaborate yours? If you think it’s so easy to solve all of our country’s problems, why didn’t you run as president?

          Of course the president makes mistakes, why can’t we forgive him and move on? From your comments, it looks like you’re so happy he’s failed. Do you have a grandfather who has paid SSS contributions for half of his life only to find out his pension is not even enough to buy medicines?

          The president still has five years and a half to find out what’s wrong with the SSS system and make good on this promise. If he has succeeded, good. If not, don’t gloat on his failure. Rather, be sorry for the senior citizens who will live as beggars, are no worse than SSS non-contributors, and with the realization that what they have invested in the government is in vain.

          • Naloko Na!

            ONCE YOU ARE IN PUBLIC OFFICE, THE PUBLIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CRITICIZE YOU…….DEFEND THE CRAZY PRESIDENT! THAT IS YOUR RIGHT TOO!

            WHAT YOU GET FROM THE SSS IS REALLY NOT ENOUGH. THE INSTITUTION IS NOT BUILT TO SUSTAIN THE NEEDS OF THE SENIORS. HOWEVER, HE PROMISED DURING THE CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE……WHICH WAS JUST STUPID!

          • Des

            So does it mean we should be contented with the current SSS system? Are you an SSS contributor? If so, aren’t you worried that SSS is not built to sustain your needs when you retire? The 2,000 peso-hike is measly compared to what you will need by then. Would you be glad if this present government can find a solution to increase the senior’s pension? Eh anong klaseng “social security” yan?

            Yes, we have the right to criticize the people in public office and I’m glad for this right. And I supported the previous president and I don’t like every thing our current president does. But it would be nice if we go beyond name-calling and hope that this administration can improve our SSS.

          • Naloko Na!

            I am a contributor. I am not worried for I know I will have enough savings when I retire and the money from SSS will just be an add on savings for me.

            You can hope all you want about name calling…etc. BUT the truth is that this medium provides freedom of expression in voicing out one’s opinion…….whether it be deep or shallow. If you don’t like it, then don’t comment. It’s very simple.

      • michael custodio

        yeah yeah yeah, we see the bigger picture, at sabi nung isang commentator eh be specific, ok lets be specific, he promised to end the drugs in 6 months, bakit andami pa din? wag na nating isali yung ibang mga naging presidente dahil ginagawa nyo lang palusot yun, si digong na ang pinag uusapan, at ang pinag uusapan ay yung promise nya at hindi yung promise ng iba!!

      • Dog-sama!!

        That doesn’t mean he didn’t promise the people an SSS hike. That is the issue here. If you want to harp on his other dubious accomplishments, go preach somewhere else, priest

    • manuelergcruz

      Digong didn’t promise to end Crime in 6 mos, rather he promised to put an end to Illegal Drugs in 6 mos. Let’s be specific. Even Japan and specially Singapore, still has drug problems, to think that they are the most disciplined Country in the world. Digong’s achievements in 6 months, was never achieved by any of our previous Presidents in 6 years.

      • skullangel

        He had control of davao for 25 years…
        And there is still drugs!
        Prescription drug abuse prevention palang..
        BAGSAK NA!

      • geo

        scam is coming again for another 6 months of promises….

      • Naloko Na!

        Oh YES he did. He promised that during the Presidential Debates. Crime will STOP…..according to him.

        And even IF he only promised to stop the drug problem in 6 months, he still failed! He also promised to ride a jetski to the Spratlys and stay there if the Philippines win the ruling, but again, he did not. His promises are empty.

        He achieved more in the first 6 months? He killed the most number of people in his first months……stopped the Tanim Bala…..and has an unstable truce with the NPA. The rest are from previous administrations.

  • Julia Bronzon

    Even if he promised and found out that it can’t be done, for reason explained in a way understandable to the ordinary citizens, it will eventually be accepted by the greater number of those affected. The credibility and trustworthiness of the messenger could make a difference!

    • sawbuck

      Enjoy your new year then. Hope for more. Pinoy explained it the same way. Just that you think the messenger is wrong. It has to be your own messenger for you to accept that Pnoy was not lying after all. He used Pnoy honesty by making him appear a liar to you for him to benefit. Enjoy your messenger’s word. There will be more coming.

  • skullangel

    Lets not forget the 50 million peso attempted bribe on his fraternity brothers… They resigned but no reprecussions…
    Bakit buhay pa sila?

    • Dog-sama!!

      brod daw kasi ay brod…

    • Naloko Na!

      Dapat kasi partihan na pero nahuli ng cctv!

  • Ronnie De Las Alas

    Strong leadership and unity among Filipinos will prosper our Philippines but are we united? Are we really united? Being united doesn’t mean belonging to just one party…but we all ride along in one big boat – our country the Philippines. We all have to row altogether to the same direction where the wind of hope leads our country. Remain vigilant and mindful of every situation, uphold the law, love and respect one another.

  • manuelergcruz

    Majority of those who are making comments against Digong are Pseudonym or fake accounts, no matter how articulate you are, you have no credibility. I stand by what I said. EJKs are done by those who are involved heavily in drugs, and not by the President. It’s safer to walk now at late in the evening or early morning. As far as I know, the biggest Failure of the Philippines are the Marcos and the Aquinos.

    • Dog-sama!!

      “Majority of those who are making comments against Digong are Pseudonym or fake accounts, no matter how articulate you are, you have no credibility.”

      the veracity of the accounts has no relation to the message conveyed. intindihin ang mensahe, hindi ang mensahero.

      “EJKs are done by those who are involved heavily in drugs, and not by the President. It’s safer to walk now at late in the evening or early morning. ”

      – purely conjectural. try walking in tondo at night/

      • manuelergcruz

        “purely conjectural. try walking in tondo at night”
        – haha..we have Relatives in Tondo.

        “the veracity of the accounts has no relation to the message conveyed. intindihin ang mensahe, hindi ang mensahero.”

        – May mensaheng dala ang mensahero. Ito ba’y ipinadala lang sa mensahero? O ang mensahe ba’y yung mismong mensahero ang gumawa? Deception are done by people in disguise.

        • Dog-sama!!

          “we have Relatives in Tondo.”
          doesn’t really answer anything, so…

          “Deception are done by people in disguise.”

          doesn’t mean what was said is a deception. ad hominem, haven’t you heard?

          • manuelergcruz

            “doesn’t really answer anything, so…”
            – Go back to my previous comment.

            “doesn’t mean what was said is a deception. ad hominem, haven’t you heard?”
            – Ad Hominem..often used by Lawyers against a credible witness (who’s obviously present in court)..there’s no person here. Ad Hominem doesn’t apply to anonymous persons nor persons using pseudonym.

          • Dog-sama!!

            “Ad Hominem doesn’t apply to anonymous persons nor persons using pseudonym.”

            – ahh, i guess stupidity has its way of making exceptions 🙂

  • michael custodio

    lahat ng promise nya naniwala naman ang 16million filipinos….tsk tsk tsk, joke lang daw yan, naniwala naman kau hahahaha

  • Armando Dela Cruz

    Nganga lahat ang mga seniors, wala talagang tulong sa mga mahihirap si Pindehoterte. Mayayaman at big time magnanakaw lang ang mahalaga sa kanya, tulad ng mga Marcoses, druglords, atbp. Lugmok na ang Pinas.

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