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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Press Statement of Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. Re: Salary increase under reenacted budget constitutional
10 January 2019 02:34:12 PM

Secretary Diokno should release the pay increase for teachers in classrooms and other civil servants in government offices, which he has kept hostage.

The increases are not GAA-dependent and are authorized by separate laws crafted by Congress and issued by the President himself.

Delaying their release is unconstitutional. The only thing it passes is the cruelty test. He should stop using our civil servants as pawns in his bid to avoid answering questions of public interest.

Salaries of government officials as determined by existing pay scales are deemed in force regardless of the status of the national budget.

The SSL 4 for civilian employees and the second round of the pay increase for soldiers, policemen, firemen, jail guards, Coast Guard personnel are multiyear commitments . Their annual implementation as prescribed by law cannot be suspended by the whims of one man.

Under the Diokno doctrine, debt servicing to foreign banks will go on as scheduled but salary hikes of government men are frozen. Bakit ganun ?

What he can defer during the pendency of the budget approval is the release of personnel services (PS) funds for new employees . Withholding , however, part of the salaries for services rendered by regular employees is abuse of power .

Hindi rin totoo ang sinasabi niya na hindi sapat ang pondo ng gobyerno para magbigay ng salary increase sa panahon na nasa reenacted budget tayo.

Under the reenacted budget, there is P100 billion allocated for salary increases under the MPBF. Double the amount of what is in the 2019 proposal. Common sense for the Budget Secretary to use this amount to pay for salary increases due our civil servants.

Besides, who says we need to use the full amount during the reenacted period? That budget is for the entire year. Halos isang buwan lang mahigit ang tatagal ng reenacted period o baka mas maikli pa. Ito lang ang kailangang gastusan ng DBM.

Secretary Diokno should stop treating the national budget as his personal kitty. Hindi niya pera ito. Pera ito ng mamamayan.

Our civil servants deserve the salary increase due them this year. Pay them now, not later. Kailangan ng mga kababayan natin ang bawat pisong ayuda na maibigay ng gobyerno.

Kung may galit si Sec. Diokno sa Kongreso dahil sa ginagawang imbestigasyon sa kanya at sa kanyang pamilya, huwag naman sana niyang idamay ang mga government workers natin. Spare them from your wrath, Mr. Secretary.

The fund releases from DBM are governed by laws and rules. They are not personal accounts that can be released or withheld based on the whims and caprices of the DBM Secretary.

Bakit kapag pondo sa Casiguran at Sorsogon, ang bilis maglabas ng pondo ni Sec. Diokno? Bakit kapag suweldo para sa government workers, makupad pa sa pagong?

Totoo po ang kasabihan, Mr. Secretary. Kapag gusto, may paraan. Kapag ayaw, maraming dahilan.