Manila Bulletin

Re­lease WWII vet­er­ans’ ben­e­fits

Bi­nay to PNoy:

- By ELLSON A. QUISMORIO Society · Jejomar C. Binay · Veterans Affairs

Vice Pres­i­dent Je­jo­mar Bi­nay has asked the Aquino ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­lease some 17 bil­lion in dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits in­tended for the World War II (WWII) vet­er­ans be­fore it’s too late.

Bi­nay re­minded the ad­min­is­tra­tion Thurs­day about the ex­is­tence of 80,000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries com­posed of war vet­er­ans and the sur­viv­ing spouses of de­ceased vet­er­ans.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion has un­der­spent on many projects from dif­fer­ent de­part­ments and agen­cies. It can very surely al­lo­cate funds for the vet­er­ans and wives of de­ceased vet­er­ans. Some have died be­fore they even re­ceived their ben­e­fit. Let’s have pity on them,” Bi­nay said.

“Are we sim­ply go­ing to wait for our vet­er­ans to die as well as the spouses of our de­ceased vet­er­ans)?” asked the op­po­si­tion boss and 2016 pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant.

Bi­nay, like­wise, backed the Philip­pine Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Of­fice’s (PVAO’s) pro­posal to in­crease the monthly cash ben­e­fit for vet­er­ans from 5,000 to 20,000.

At present, vet­er­ans and wid­ows of de­ceased vet­er­ans re­ceive 5,000 in monthly pen­sion and 1,000 to 1,700 in dis­abil­ity ben­e­fit if the vet­eran has reached the age of 70 or were in­jured in line of duty.

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