|MANILA (PhilAmPress) – Is President Benigno S. Aquino III, with his Malacanang aides, behind the candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano?
Political observers have been asking the question for weeks now following reports that the two have supposedly the blessing of powers that be in Malacanang as an alternate to the Manuel A. Roxas II-Leni Robredo ticket of the administration Liberal Party.
The suspicion was bolstered anew when a news report on the Duterte-Cayetano ticket was posted in the Malacanang website maintained by the Presidential Communications and Coordinating Office (PCOO). It was probably the first time that the PCOO website was used for a senator and a presidential aspirant who is supposedly not the administration candidate.
The report as posted follows –
“The country’s public school teachers will have a merrier Christmas under a Duterte-0Cayetano government.”
This was the pledge made today by presidential contender Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte and his running mate Senate Majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano.
The tandem said if elected in 2016, they will grant an additional P 10,000 compensation for public school teachers over and above the Salary Standardization Law (SSL).
“Tatapusin natin ang malulungkot na pasko ng ating mga guro. Hindi dapat sila tinitipid at kinakaligtaan. Makakaasa ang ating mga guro ng matapang na solusyon at mabilis na aksyon para itaas ang kanilang mga sahod at iba pang benepisyo,” Cayetano said.
The senator lambasted the government’s proposed salary increase for public school teachers calling it “inconsiderate” and “negligible.”
Cayetano said the government’s proposed entry-level position of teachers is to grant an additional amount of P2, 205.00 from the present P18, 549.00 or a meager increase of less than 12%, spread over a period of four years, making the annual increase of a little more than P500.00, the lowest in recent history.
“Instead of repairing the government’s erroneous compensation scheme for teachers, which past and present salary laws classified teachers as among the lowest paid government professionals, its proposed salary increase only reinforced this flawed system,” Cayetano said.
“This what Mayor Duterte and I want to end. We will restore the dignity of the teaching profession. No more cheapskate wage increases which do not address burdensome taxes, cost of living and living conditions in general,” Cayetano added.
Cayetano said their proposal is part of his Senate Bill 94, that grants public school teachers, locally-funded teachers, non-teaching personnel, and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) additional compensation.