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    Police retirees in Phl not receiving pension

    A PHILIPPINE lawmaker has called on the House Committee on Appropriations to conduct an inquiry into the non-payment of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of the pension and pension differentials of retirees of the defunct Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police (PC-INP), amounting to billions of pesos covering the years 1991 to 2006.
    Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil of Pangasinan Province on Thursday sought the inquiry through House Resolution 1098, saying the DBM has not released the PC-INP retirees’ pension and pension differentials despite several communications sent to the agency.
    "Unfortunately, up to the present, the DBM has not acted on the matter. The committee on appropriations should conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the DBM's none payment of the pension differentials of the PC-INP retirees for the period covering calendar years 1991 to 2006," Bataoil said.
    He said pursuant to Republic Act 10633, otherwise known as the General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014, the amount of P22,906,288,000.00 was appropriated for the retirement benefits and pension of PC-INP retirees duly authenticated by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
    Bataoil said the Supreme Court in its decision dated May 9, 2007 cited the amount of P22,906,288,000.00 is only enough for the pension of the PC-INP retirees for the current year.
    "Since the issuance of the Supreme Court decision in 2007, the PNP has always incorporated in its annual pension and gratuity budgets the pension differentials of its retirees. However, the DBM has not released any amount for that purpose," said Bataoil, a vice chairman of the committees on appropriations, veterans affairs and welfare, and public information.
    Reacting to Bataoil's inquiry resolution, Rep. Isidro Ungab of Davao City said the matter can be taken up during the forthcoming budget hearings.
    "I think we can also take this up during the budget deliberations," Ungab said.
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