Press Release
September 9, 2018


Following Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's latest tirade that Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV did nothing for the military, the senator releases his lists of laws and projects for the military and police to belie said allegation.

According to Trillanes: "Duterte is so insecure that he needed to compare his contributions to the military to mine. Well, first of all, there shouldn't be any competition about this, both of us are expected to look out for the welfare of our soldiers. Wala dapat kompetisyon. But for him to say that I contributed nothing, is one big lie."

In the list distributed to the media, among the listed laws relating to military and other uniformed personnel which were authored and sponsored by Trillanes were Joint Resolution No. 5 which Increased the Subsistence Allowance of Uniformed Personnel from Php 90 to Php 150; the New AFP Modernization Act; the Salary Standardization Law 3, which drastically increased the salaries of the uniformed personnel and pensions of the retirees; and RA 10649 which increased the Burial Assistance for Veterans from Php 10,000 to Php 20,00. In addition to these, he also introduced 18 AFP-related bills which are still pending in the Committee.

Trillanes also distributed a list of infrastructure projects for the military which were financed through his assistance. These include construction of barracks, mess halls and quarters for enlisted personnel, club rooms and quarters for officers, and multi-purpose buildings in different camps around the country.

"If Duterte thinks that he can buy the loyalty of the military and use them as instruments of oppression, he's dead wrong. They will always remain faithful to their constitutional mandate," Trillanes added.

"Instead of persecuting his critics, Mr. Duterte should just focus his remaining energy to solving the major problems confronting our countrymen, foremost of which is the rising cost of living."

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