Vera files checked: Duterte cuts his salary for the ninth time
Vera files checked: Duterte cuts his salary for the ninth time

Vera files checked: Duterte cuts his salary for the ninth time

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Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte has again cut his salary as the end of his six-year term approaches in June this year. This is at least the sixth time it has done this, based on the VERA file validation count.

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During a groundbreaking ceremony for a new sports complex in Bataan, Duterte reiterated his call to the police and military to continue the “momentum” in the fight against drugs, assuring them that he would take “full responsibility” for all work carried out in the line of duty.

In the latter part of his speech, Duterte upset some police officers, saying he understood the situation of having to split their salaries between two families:

Now their salaries have doubled. Their salary is low, not suitable for two wives. I know that, don’t deceive me. L ****. Because my salary, It’s about 196[,000]200[,000] Ian eh PlusAnd the boss salaryAnd the 190[,000]And the I will split it into two families. “

(Now I doubled the salary [of police officers]. Their salary was low and not enough for two wives. and I know that. do not trick me. Because I have about P1960[,000] P2000[,000] In addition to the salary of the chief P1900[,000]I need to split it among my family.)

Source: Office of Presidential Communications Operations Official Website, Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for Philippine Sports Training Center 17/6/2022, (Transcript), June 17, 2022, watched from 16:43 to 17:10

At the same event, the outgoing CEO said that when his term ends on June 30, he will become a “regular citizen” of being a “brilliant star”.

Reality

Duterte’s actual monthly salary ranges from P388,096 to P399,739. This is based on the fourth and final tranche of the 2019 salary adjustment for President, pursuant to Executive Order 201, signed by then-President Benigno Aquino III in February 2016.

(See Vera Files Validation: For the Fifth Time, Duterte Repeats Wrong Claim for His Pay)

Duterte also increased government salaries, including the president’s, over four tranches from 2020 to 2023 through Republican Act No. 11466 in January 2020. However, the 1987 constitution exempts the incumbent president, vice president, and members of Congress from benefiting from salary increases granted during their period of service.

President-elect Ferdinand “Bong Pong” Marcos Jr. is supposed to earn a monthly salary of between 411,382 and 432,723, based on the third tranche of RA 11466 currently in force.

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Sources

Office of Presidential Communications Operations Official Website, Groundbreaking Ceremony for Philippine Sports Training Center 6/17/2022, (Transcript), June 17, 2022

The official website of the Official Gazette, Executive Order No. 201, s. 2016, February 19, 2016

Official website of the Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 11466, January 8, 2020

The official website of the Official Gazette, Constitution of 1987, accessed June 18, 2022

Official website of the Department of Budget and Administration, National Budget Circular No. 568, January 5, 2017

Official website of the Department of Budget and Administration, National Budget Circular No. 572, January 3, 2018

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