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Busted: Duterte promised to double AFP, PNP salary, but it’s not included in the 2017 budget

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During the campaign for the May 9 elections, President Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate, Senator Allan Peter Cayetano, promised to raise the salaries of policemen to 75,000 to 100,000 within three years. Duterte often mentioned this during his campaign speeches, even saying that if he were president, he would increase the cops’ salaries by 3 to 5 times. He also wanted to do the same thing for the soldiers.

According to Duterte, the police deserve the pay raise, given their role as the frontliners of the justice system. He also believes that better compensation for the law enforcers would discourage them from accepting bribes and doing something illegal, such as getting involved in the drug trade.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano

After the elections, when it was apparent that Duterte has won, Cayetano said that Duterte’s administration planned to double the policemen’s salary, raising their minimum pay to P50,000.

“Based on our computations, for an additional P50 billion, we can give a minimum of P50,000. That would be our lowest pay,” Cayetano said.

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But where will they get the money?

Cayetano said that the raise may be obtained from the P350 billion to P400 billion unprogrammed funds in next year’s budget.

“It’s very doable. If we have a supportive House of Representatives and Senate, we have the money and as early as before Christmas, we can give it to our policemen,” the senator said.

However, Cayetano said that the salary raise for soldiers is more complicated because an increase in their base pay would lead to increased pension requirements.

So, will these plans for a pay raise for the police and military push through? Was Cayetano right that we do have the money to fund such plans?

Unfortunately, they won’t be happening anytime soon, or at least during Duterte’s first year in office in 2017.

According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on July 14, the government cannot fulfill Duterte’s promise to the AFP and PNP because the proposed P3.35 trillion budget for 2017 does not include the pay raise for the cops and soldiers.

Diokno said that Duterte’s campaign promise has to take a backseat because the government has to deal with more pressing financial issues involving the PNP and AFP, such as their pension funds.

“We’re studying that. In fact, we are trying to consider everything. The problem is that the government already owes so much to the pension fund of the soldiers and policemen. It has ballooned,” the budget chief said.

Benjamin Diokno

However, Diokno said that the police and soldiers can still expect a pay raise next year as the second tranche of the Salary Standardization Law signed by former President Benigno Aquino III.

He also said that he wanted to discuss the growing pension problem with Duterte, “otherwise, the day will come that 80 percent of the military budget would be on pension only.”

Why did this become a pressing problem?

“The pension of the military is higher than the salary of the incumbent (personnel). That’s how big that problem is. And nobody talked about this for the last 15 years,” Diokno said.

And the 2017 budget also did not include the money for buying military hardware, according to Diokno.

One solution that Diokno has considered is to enlist the members of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who are not entitled to pension benefits.

It looks like Duterte’s campaign promise is postponed for another year or so. They have to wait longer and hope that in 2018, their salary will finally be doubled, although it looks like the current administration has to address the pension problem first.

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Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang

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Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.

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  • M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
  • A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
  • T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
  • A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
  • P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
  • A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
  • N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
  • G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.

You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.



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Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more

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If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.

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Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.

Before visiting the page, make sure to do “Disable COOKIES, JAVASCRIPT and POP-UPS from your browser before clicking the link,” Woulfe said.

He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.

As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:

  1. Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
  2. Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
    This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.

“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.

 

Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
  2. Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
  3. Fill in your email address.
  4. Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
  5. Fill in Logs with:
    The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
  6. Click Submit.

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Superficial Gazette urges people and FB pages in DCW’s ‘Wall of Shame’ to be more cautious but not be silenced

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Superficial Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (SGRP) warned the private individuals and Facebook pages that are included in the list monitored by a group of “hackers” supporting Duterte, known as “Duterte Cyber Warriors (DCW),” to secure their accounts against cyber threats.

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SGRP also provided a version of DCW’s list of potential cyber tokhang targets, called “Wall of Shame,” that is safer and easier to access, the link of which can be found here.

As of February 3, at around 3:30 pm, the list contained more than 2,250 names and FB pages, some of which are the Superficial Gazette, Madam Claudia, Change Scamming, Silent No More, Resbak Operatives, Jim Paredes, Carlos Celdran.

Even Meme Buster was included in the list at #615 after receiving three reports.

DCW Wall of Shame

For SGRP, the list should be viewed as a compilation of “names of pages and people that are worth following.”

Their advice for those who found their name in DCW’s Wall of Shame?

“Secure your accounts, change your passwords, and maybe your username. But do not be silenced – for you to stop opposing this government’s crimes is exactly what they want,” SGRP wrote.

One commenter noted how coming up with the list seemed like how the Nazis identified their “enemies” then and rounded them up.

DCW Wall of Shame

Another person on the list just laughed it off, feeling flattered he was in the list of people who are also “fighting for truth.”

DCW Wall of Shame

Someone also commented on how this action is a “subtle way of suppressing freedom of expression” of the opposition.

DCW Wall of Shame

Earlier, Superficial Gazette also posted a screenshot of how DCW posted the link of the Facebook profile of a certain individual while urging their followers to conduct a “cyber tokhang” on that person and gather the address of the target’s known relatives and friends.

In December last year, SGRP wrote about how Madam Claudia, a page critical of the Duterte administration, was removed from Facebook after being mass-reported. Despite not violating any of the FB community’s standards, the FB moderators still removed the page, leading SGRP to conclude that some of FB Philippines’ administrators may have been biased.

This is also the reason why Superficial Gazette hit the Duterte’s supporters’ “#defendFREEspeech” campaign because other supporters were also targeting Duterte’s critics with cyber tokhang, as initiated by Mr. Riyoh and Duterte Cyber Warriors, public shaming, and other kinds of attacks.

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