Duterte announces release of P4.7B payment for soldiers’ widows, AFP retirees

  • Pres. Rodrigo Duterte says a total of P4.7B will soon be released for soldiers’ widows and AFP retirees
  • The fund is intended as payment of the total administrative liability, arrears of widows and deceased WWII veterans and AFP retirees who are 80 years old and above who were not paid by the past administration
  • Of the P4.7 billion, P3.5 billion will go to the widows while P1.2 billion will go to AFP retirees

President Rodrigo Duterte announced the release of P4.7 billion intended for the widows of Philippine soldiers and World War II veterans and retired soldiers.

The President made the announcement on the celebration of National Heroes’ Day as he noted that the fund is for the payment of the total administrative liability, arrears of widows and deceased World War II veterans and AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] retirees who are 80 years old and above, who were not paid by the previous administration.

Of the P4.7 billion, P3.5 billion will go to the widows while P1.2 billion will go to AFP retirees, an article written by Pia Ranada on Rappler disclosed.

In his message during the national holiday, Duterte revealed the joint Implementing Rules and Regulations facilitating the release has been signed by Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and will be released soon.

The President’s announcement was further backed by the defense secretary who likewise noted that the money is set to be released “immediately.”

As stated by Lorenzana, the release will be facilitated by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and General Headquarters (GQ).

Earlier, the funds had been approved for release during the latter part of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

Lorenzana stressed that the past administration was not able to release the money because of the election ban that time.

Meanwhile, Duterte also vowed to give P250,000 for every soldier who dies in action during his administration.

“Automatic, from my social fund, it’s automatic P250,000…That’s purely from me, from Office of the President,” the President was quoted as saying.

Retired soldiers expressed elation over the President’s announcement.

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