Duterte to soldiers: Pay hike in August, aid for seriously ill

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Duterte at the SolCom headquarters in Lucena City.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Men in uniform are in for another round of good news from President Rodrigo Duterte.

Aside from a pending salary increase, Duterte also promises to "take care" of those who are in dire need of medical help for their families.

Speaking at the headquarters of the Southern Luzon Command in Quezon province on Thursday late afternoon, the military commander-in-chief told troops that starting next month they would be receiving pay hikes in tranches.

"Beginning August, dahan-dahan na kayong makakakuha ng incremental increase ninyo," Duterte said to an applauding audience.

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The President again explained that since he came into the presidency "midstream" or in the second half of the year, the national budget had already been previously made — and that "there's not really much money to go around."

But he said he had "insisted" to the Budget Secretary that the increases "must be implemented now."

However, by next year, Duterte said he would be the one "to program the money properly."

"Incremental increases... Until such time that I will be able to make my promise. Doblado na yung sweldo nyo."

[Translation: "Incremental increases until such time that I could fulfill my promise to double your salaries."]

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The President made earlier statements that members of the police and the military would be receiving twice the amount they were currently getting.

"Kayo talaga yung nauna because I know your sacrifice," Duterte added.

[Translation: "You were really the ones who were prioritized because I know your sacrifice."]

'Just tell me your problem'

Duterte continued to say that those who were having serious problems with the heavy cost of medical treatment could count on his help.

He cited that a wife might have cancer, or in need of a heart operation.

Duterte flanked by DND AFP.jpg The President made earlier statements that members of the police and the military would be receiving twice the amount they were currently getting.

"You just go to your CO (commanding officer), sabihin mo pakitawag kay Sec. (Delfin), then tawagan ako. Mag-usap tayo," he said. "Yung mabibigat lang. And it (help) will come."

[Translation: "Just tell your commanding officer to relay it to Sec. Delfin for him to call me. Let's talk about it, grave medical situations. And it will come."]

Duterte said that within three to five minutes, he would already get the message.

"I will take care of you. Just do your duty," the President said.