ILOILO City – Retired members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and war veterans demand for an increase in their monthly pensions. A consultation and dialogue was conducted at the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) to hear their concerns on Thursday. Some 100 retired men uniform in Western Visayas attended. The retirees and veterans wanted their monthly pension increased from P5,000 to P20,000.
A bill was filed in Congress in 2010 increasing the pension of police and AFP retirees and veterans but it was not given priority, due to “budgetary constraints.” There are about 8,000 retired policemen, soldiers and veterans nationwide, and the government would have to spend around P1.6 billion to increase their pension.