Law increasing combat duty pay of military proposed

Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV has proposed a law that will increase the combat duty pay of the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Aside from recognizing the relevant role of our soldiers in protecting the country from external aggression and internal security threats, we seek to professionalize the AFP as an organization by giving its personnel benefits that are commensurate to their rank and the kind of function they perform,” said Trillanes who ias a former Navy officer

The proposed law, Senate Bill No. 1882, seeks to increase the combat duty pay of officers and enlisted personnel of AFP from the current value they are receiving to twenty-five percent of their base pay.

“The AFP ground troops like the Army and the Marines have long been placed at a disadvantage since their qualified Air Force and Navy counterparts get a corresponding flying pay or sea duty pay of equivalent to 50% and 25%, respectively,” he said.

“This bill would address this imbalance and boost the morale of our ground troops,” he added.