PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte met the families of soldiers killed in the twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu and gave them P500,000 in financial assistance.
“He gave them the Presidential Special Financial Assistance worth P500,000 while the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) likewise gave them their financial assistance ranging from P200,000 to P400,000 depending on the rank of the soldier,” according to Defense Secretary Lorenzana, who was present during the meeting in Davao City on Monday, in a text message on Tuesday.
Lorenzana bared the assistance given was “over and above the monthly pension that they will receive.”
Duterte also met with the family of a soldier killed in the encounter between the government and the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul, Sulu on February 2.
The President also met with families of the 32 soldiers killed in action from February 2016 to 2019.
“They had some concerns about the benefits due them such as housing, jobs and other things,” the defense chief said.
Lorenzana said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was also present during the event to address concerns about jobs while National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. was on hand to address their concerns on housing.