MANILA - Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has filed a bill seeking to double the gross pay of personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
In her explanatory note, Arroyo cited President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promise to raise the salaries of the uniformed services.
House Bill 304 seeks to charge the budget for the salary increase against the savings of the agencies involved. It also seeks a staggered implementation of the increase across five years.
Duterte has tapped both the AFP and PNP in his anti-illegal drugs campaign. In his speech at the anniversary of the Philippine Air Force, Duterte credited Arroyo for elevating the illegal drugs menace to the level of a national security threat, allowing the commander in chief to tap the Armed Forces.
Duterte, who won on a platform of crushing criminality in the Philippines, earlier said having well-paid police and military force is vital to maintaining peace and order.
"These are the guys we send to the mouths of hell. If there's a breakout of hostilities, are they prepared to be commissioned there and fight until they die?" he said of other government workers who will be sidelined by the salary increase.