MANILA –The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday vehemently denied that some of its members are disgruntled due to the government’s ” “unfulfilled promise to double their salaries”.
“There are no disgruntled members of the military over the so-called ‘unfulfilled promise to double their salaries’,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.
Earlier, Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Lejano claimed that some members of the AFP are disappointed with the alleged failure of President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill his promise to double their salaries.
“While we give due respect to the good Representative from the Magdalo Partylist, we say that the morale of the soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines is high.They take exception to the claim of displeasure,” Arevalo added.
“In the first place, the AFP personnel were given a raise in their take home pays without them even asking for it. To be given a raise therefore is a privilege,” the AFP official pointed out.
And on the matter of salary increase not being given yet in full as promised; and the intricacies of budgeting, among other issues, have been properly explained to every AFP personnel, he disclosed.
“And they understood. May we reiterate that your soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines are happily serving the nation and fellow Filipinos motivated by honor, service, and patriotism –and not only by mere financial remuneration,” Arevalo concluded.