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May puso ako sa sundalo! Trillanes lists efforts to improve military


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday said he does not need “to compete” with President Rodrigo Duterte for the attention of soldiers and policemen.

Trillanes made the remark following the President’s latest tirade against him that he did nothing for the military.

The President said he was able to “double” the salary of soldiers and policemen.

The senator released his lists of laws and projects for the military and police to belie the President’s allegation.

“Duterte is so insecure that he needed to compare his contributions to the military to mine,” Trillanes said.

“Well, first of all, there shouldn’t be any competition about this, both of us are expected to look out for the welfare of our soldiers,” he said.

Trillanes added, “Wala dapat kompetisyon. But for him to say that I contributed nothing, is one big lie.”

In the list distributed to the media, among the listed laws relating to military and other uniformed personnel which were authored and sponsored by Trillanes were Joint Resolution No. 5 which Increased the Subsistence Allowance of Uniformed Personnel from P90 to P150; the New AFP Modernization Act; the Salary Standardization Law 3, which increased the salaries of the uniformed personnel and pensions of the retirees; and Republic Act 10649 which increased the Burial Assistance for Veterans from P10,000 to P20,000.

In addition to these, Trillanes also introduced 18 AFP-related bills which are still pending in the Committee.

He also distributed a list of infrastructure projects for the military which were financed through his assistance.

These include construction of barracks, mess halls and quarters for enlisted personnel, club rooms and quarters for officers, and multi-purpose buildings in different camps around the country.

“If Duterte thinks that he can buy the loyalty of the military and use them as instruments of oppression, he’s dead wrong,” Trillanes said.

“They will always remain faithful to their constitutional mandate,” the opposition senator said.

Instead of persecuting his critics, Trillanes said “Mr. Duterte should just focus his remaining energy to solving the major problems confronting our countrymen, foremost of which is the rising cost of living.”