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After announcing that members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will enjoy an incremental increase in their pay beginning August, President Rodrigo Duterte promised he will increase the salary of the teachers next.

"Ito, itong increase of salaries, ang sunod ko mga teachers," he said in a statement during the situational briefing at Camp Guillermo Nakar in Lucena City on Thursday.

Duterte has yet to give details about this plan as well as his previous announcement to hike the pay of the soldiers.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is also mum on how they will implement the President's promise to the military, given that the current administration took office midway through the year.

"Will announce it when ready," DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno told GMA News Online in a text message.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella also did not have any update on how Duterte plans to increase the salary of the soldiers.

"I don't have the details for the first tranche. Although he did give the assurance that it will be fulfilled. Kaya lang talaga, this year is still the budget of last year so he cannot really impose upon it. But he did say that there will be incremental increase and I believe by next month," he said.

Duterte in the same statement before the officers of the South Luzon Command explained that he understands the plight of soldiers and other government workers.

"I’ve been with government for so long. Ordinaryong tao lang ako 'no. 'Di masyadong... casual, casual lang tayo. Anak  lang ako ng mahirap eh. So I know how it is to rise from the ranks," he said.

Duterte's late mom Soledad "Soling" Duterte used to be a public teacher. —JST, GMA News


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