Tanong mo kay Dick, Loren: Duterte would’ve quit if Senate won’t prioritize salary hike for soldiers, police
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he threatened to step down if the Senate refused to approve his pet bill seeking an increase in the salary of soldiers and police.
Duterte said he made the threat during the Senate deliberations on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill in 2017.
“Alam mo, sa totoo lang, you can ask (SEnator Dick) Gordon and si Bong (Go) may alam eh. Si (Senator) Loren (Legarda) ang may hawak. Sinabi ko talaga sa kanila kasi ‘yung TRAIN ang pinag-usapan,” said Duterte in a speech before the Presidential Security Guard.
“Sabi ko, ‘Unahin ninyo ang sweldo ng Armed Forces pati pulis. ‘Pag hindi ninyo ipinasa ‘yan, mag-resign ako’. Sinabihan ko si (Senator Dick) Gordon. ‘Ayaw mong maniwala? Sige. Subukan ninyo’,” he added.
Duterte signed law doubling the salaries of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in January 2018 or a month after he signed the TRAIN Law in December 2017.