Sereno lectures Duterte: AFP benefits come from taxpayers, not you - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, September 13, 2018



Sereno lectures Duterte: AFP benefits come from taxpayers, not you




Composite photo of President Rodrigo Duterte and ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno / photo file grabbed from CNN PH


Manila, Philippines – ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday lectured President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter’s statement about the salary increase and benefits hike of the soldiers – which happened on his term.

'No, Mr. President, those allowances and salary increases come not from you. They come from hard-earned taxpayers' money,'  Sereno said


"Ngayon kung magmalasakit si Trillanes sa inyo, ngayon doon kayo. Never mind me, I can survive. You can kill me, you can oust me…. Kung Trillanes alam ninyo simpatiya-simpatiya ka diyan, ang inisip niya sarili niya," was the president’s statement during his one on one interview on Tueday with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.

Sereno slammed the president saying it was credit grabbing and that he was not the source of the money but the taxpayers.

“When President Duterte said, 'O, kung may maiibigay sa inyo si Trillanes, dun na kayo (If Trillanes has something to give you, then go to him),' he is basically saying that those benefits come from him,” Sereno said in a press conference on Wednesday, after visiting the office of Senator Antonio Trillanes in his office at the Senate.

The ousted chief justice also criticized the chief executive over his repetitive use of possessive words, and said that she hopes Duterte would never claim that he also owns the taxpayers’ money.

In the said press conference, Sereno condemned Duterte’s move, voiding the amnesty granted to Trillanes saying that such action endangered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"Laging may agam-agam na ang mga nasarhan na ay maaari pang buksan. Malagim po ang maaaring mangyari," Sereno said*

She added even the former troops who are serving the Duterte administration are jeopardized — even the head of the military — when his term ends in the year 2022.

"Ang amnestiya na nakuha mismo ni General Carlito Galvez, kapag nagbago na ang administrasyon, ay maaaring buksan," she said.

Other current government officials who have previously received amnesty include Senator Gringo Honasan, Congressman Gary Alejano, MMDA Chairman Danny Lim, and Office of the Civil Defense deputy administrator Nicanor Faeldon.

Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visits Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 /  photo from Trillanes' office

Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visits Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 / photo courtesy of Trillanes office