Sunday, October 22, 2017

Trillanes wants scholarships for slain soldiers and uniformed personnel, critic netizen slammed him: "Matagal nang meron."

Senator Antonio Trillanes / photo from GMA news (ctto)

On Sunday- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said that he wants to push for a law that would help with education and benefits to dependents of soldiers and other law enforcers who either get killed or injured in the line of their duty.

“Our uniformed and law enforcement personnel place their lives on the line every day," he said in an emailed statement.

"It is, thus, only fair for the government to give preference and priority to their welfare and of their families, especially when something untoward happens in the performance of their duty."

According to the Senate Bill No. 1463 or UNIFORMED AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE AND BENEFITS ACT, surviving children of deceased or permanently incapacitated members of the following services that would receive a scholarship grant.

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),
  • Philippine National Police (PNP),
  • Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP),
  • Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP),
  • National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), 
  • Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA),
  • Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and
  • Bureau of Corrections (BOC)

The said Senate Bill was authored by Vicente Sotto III, Antonio Trillanes, Grace Poe, Chiz Escudero, Juan Edgardo Angara, Loren Legarda, and Leila De Lima.

The scholarship will include the payment for tuition, miscellaneous fees, allowances for books, school supplies as well as food, and transportation from kindergarten until the tertiary level.

“Passing this measure is the least we can do as a token of our eternal gratitude for our uniformed and law enforcement personnel’s unwavering commitment and their life of service to the country,” Trillanes explained.

Meanwhile, one of the critics of the opposition including Trillanes hits back to this announcement from the Senator.

In a post Ms. Krizette Laureta Chu called Trillanes “Epal”.

“Matagal nang meron. TAWAG KA SA AFP EBSO office. The children of KIA (and WIA, in some cases), and sometimes even siblings, of soldiers get scholarships.” She said.

Krizette suggested that Senators should have instead push for enlarge amount or create a body that streamlines the process since there are different offices of uniformed personnel.

“Maka feeling hero lang.” she said.

Source: GMA Network