- President Duterte had been saying his eagerness to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
- According to Sereno, the benefits given to AFP did not come from President Duterte
- Instead, Sereno insisted that it came from the taxpayers’ money
During the televised one-on-one interview of President Duterte and Atty. Salvador Panelo, Duterte discussed his eagerness to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He shared the salary increases he had given, the firearms, the allowances, and other benefits.
According to the President, he had given more compared to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who had been part of the Philippine Navy before. The President even challenged the AFP to go to Sen. Trillanes if they did not like him.
However, KAMI has learned from Rappler that for ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the money that President Duterte had been shedding to the soldiers did not come from his own pocket. Instead, it all came from the taxpayers.
“No, Mr President, those allowances and salary increases come not from you. They do not come from any politician. They come from hard-earned taxpayers' money,” said Sereno.
On Wednesday, Sereno was seen visiting and having lunch with Sen. Trillanes at the Senate. Although, they did not give much information regarding their “meeting”. All Trillanes said was Sereno gave him legal advice, specifically on the inner workings in Supreme Court.
As previously reported by KAMI, Sen. Trillanes was not granted of the temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction he filed at the Supreme Court. However, the High Court ordered no warrantless arrest to the senator.
Today our hosts Andre and Roi are going to test how physical appearance of a man affect the help he gets from other people in the Philippines. During this social experiment, they both will ask people to let them stay in their places for some period. – on KAMI HumanMeter YouTube channel!