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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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Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Friday that the charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC – they give every complainant an initial chance to survive (sic),” Pimentel said in a message sent to reporters last Friday.

He added that he believes that after the initial interview, the complaint will be dismissed in just a matter of time. He says that it will be dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction.

The ICC has informed the Philippine government that it will be conducting a preliminary examination on the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration to see if there is a basis to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against humanity that the president allegedly committed.

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the preliminary examination that will be conducted will analyze the crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines in the context of the anti-drug campaign of the government from July 1, 2016.

She also clarified that a preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process to examine the information available and determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in accordance to the criteria established by the Rome Statute.

The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. It was signed by 123 states, including the Philippines.

The ICC has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Pimentel, a Duterte ally, doubted that what happened in the Philippines under the president’s war on drugs falls under serious and grave crimes.

“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly?” he asked.

Sources:

Politics.com, Inquirer.net

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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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