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Unfair sa iba! Duterte vetoes bill expanding the power of Office of the Solicitor General

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a bill that seeks to expand the powers and capabilities of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), the government’s legal defender.

In his veto message dated March 7, 2019, Duterte said the proposal will have negative effect on the entire government bureaucracy.

While the measure seeks to offer exciting employee benefits in an effort to attract more lawyers to the OSG, the Chief Executive explained that the provisions granting benefits beyond the current compensation framework for other government offices “may prove to be too onerous to the government.”

“The new benefits granted in addition to the benefits enjoyed by other government offices would erode the national government’s thrust to standardize and ration the current compensation framework in the bureacracy,” he stated.

This, according to him, would also “create too much disparity and inequality among the public servants in the executive branch” and “undermine the principle of ‘equal pay for work of equal value’.”

“I thus once again urge Congress to prioritize reviewing this measure once again so that our shared objective of strengthening the OSG would be realized without undermining other equally vital fiscal and policy considerations,” said Duterte.

The measure had also pushed to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel and transfer their functions to the OSG.

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