The fastest way to a soldier's heart is to treat them well. This, said former president and retired military general Fidel Ramos, was what allowed the Filipino people to topple then-President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
"Iyan ang sikreto ng ating military leadership. Treat your soldiers well, feed them ahead even of officers and they will die for you. Kaya tayo nagtagumpay sa EDSA [People Power Revolution]," Ramos said on the sidelines of a book launch in Makati City on Wednesday.
He and his allies have also recommended that the Department of National Defense (DND) set aside 2.5 hectares of land in a military camp for the construction of new housing for enlisted men.
"Hopefully, the president's office will issue an executive order to make [the 2.5 hectares] available," he said, without elaborating on their proposal to the chief executive.
The government has been favoring the armed forces with improved conditions and pay in exchange for their sacrifices for the country, as Duterte previously said they are willing “to die” for the Philippines.
Starting January 2017, military and police personnel received increased take-home pay as part of a four-tranche salary adjustment scheme, which the Duterte administration adopted and budgeted.
For instance, a Private will get P436,138, up from the previous year’s P342,936.
A Police Officer I (PO1) will receive a total annual compensation of P473,625, compared to P355,290 during the previous year.
Aside from the army and police, the government also promised to increase the salaries of public school teachers.