Rumors on alleged ‘PNP/AFP Retirement Law 2013’ disproved

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Region 1 police headed by Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu had effected the maximum dissemination of a memorandum from the PNP Directorate for Plans in Camp Crame refuting false information being circulated through text messages alleging that a proposed “PNP/AFP Retirement Law 2013” is on second reading at the Philippine Senate and contains the following provisions that, in effect, reduce the benefits of uniformed personnel:

a.      No rank promotion upon retirement;

b.      No thirty-six (36) months lump sum;

c.      No AFP Retirement and Separation Benefits System (RSBS) refund/PNP Retirement Benefit Service (PRDS);

d.      Three hundred (300) days leave maximum;

e.      Longevity pay excluded in the retirement benefit;

f. Instead of two point five percent (2.5%) plus every year after twenty (20) years of service, now only one percent (1%); and

g.      Only Armed Forces of the Philippines Sergeant Major (AFPSM) will be promoted to Second Lieutenant (2Lt.).

The memorandum stated that on February 29, 2012, PNP Chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome sent letters to Senator Francis Escudero, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and to Committee Secretary Horace Cruda of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, inquiring about the status of the supposed legislative bill which has caused confusion and anxiety among uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police.

The memorandum underscored that the letter-replies of Senator Escudero and Committee Secretary Cruda categorically indicate that “there is NO bill that has been filed and/or referred proposing a reduction in any of the benefits of uniformed personnel.”

The PNP leadership emphasized that any text message claiming that a bill on the matter is on second reading at the Senate is not true and has no basis.#