July 22, 2011
Trillanes lauds PNoy for immediately signing the law on timely release
Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV lauded President Benigno S. Aquino III for immediately signing into law the bill which provides for the expeditious and timely release of the benefits, pension and gratuities of government workers retiring from the service.
The new law, Republic Act No. 10154, provides for the release of retirement benefits of state workers within 30 days from the actual date of their retirement.
"I thank the President for his swift action on the bill. By immediately signing the bill into law, he effectively recognized the sacrifices of our public officers and employees who have rendered decades of faithful, loyal and dedicated service to the public, often toiling and laboring with salaries and benefits barely enough to meet their personal and family needs" Trillanes said.
Trillanes added: "The least we can do is to ensure that they will receive their retirement pay, pensions, gratuities and other retirement benefits immediately or at least within a fixed and reasonable time after their retirement. Retiring government employees should not be made to wait, much less grovel and beg, for what is actually due to them under the law."
The new law also seeks to penalize officials who would cause undue delay on the release of these benefits. These erring officials, after hearings and due proceedings, shall be subject to administrative disciplinary action and be shall be penalized with suspension from service without pay from six months to one year, at the discretion of the disciplining authority, except in cases of force majeure and other insuperable cases.
Trillanes, the principal author of the bill, said that he and other senators received numerous and persistent complaints from civil servants that they were made to wait for unreasonable period of time, sometimes years, before they were able to get their retirement benefits.
The bill is among the first few bills sponsored by Trillanes before the Senate plenary after being released from detention late last year. Trillanes was formally granted amnesty by President Aquino in January 2011 after seven and half years of incarceration for his role in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Pen incident.
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