30 Aug P4.7B to be Released for Widows of Philippine Soldiers, WWII Veterans and Retirees
“For those who were not paid by the previous administration, for release is P4.7 billion for the payment of the total administrative liability, arrears of widows and deceased World War II veterans and AFP retirees who are 80 years old and above.”
This was announced by President Rodrigo Duterte during the ceremony for National Heroes’ Day last August 29, 2016 held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The president spoke before AFP retirees, widows of soldiers and World War II veterans who then applauded him after his announcement.
P3.5 billion of the P4.7 billion will go to the widows, P1.2 billion to AFP retirees.
Singed the release facilitated by the joint Implementing Rules and Regulations were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
The money is said to be released “immediately” according to Lorenzana in a chance interview with reporters, adding that the release will be processed by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and General Headquarters (GHQ).
The Defense secretary also said that the funds were already during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III’s latter part quoting, “Actually, na-release na ‘yan, okay na ‘yan nung time ni Aquino pero hindi na nila na-release dahil sa ban noong elections.”
“Automatic, from my social fund, it’s automatic P250,000…That’s purely from me, from Office of the President,” said Duterte that for every soldier that dies in action, he would give P250,000 apart from the funds. That is during his administration.