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Government paying P4M to ‘ghost’ veterans


AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa INQUIRER PHOTO

The government has been paying about P4 million a year to 24 war veterans and retired soldiers and their dependents, who, it turned out, are no longer entitled to pension.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through its Finance Center, recently discovered that 24 pensioners in Regions 1 and 2 (Ilocos and Cagayan Valley, respectively) have either already died or lost their Filipino citizenship, or their dependents have reached the maturity age of 21.

The closure of these 24 accounts alone would save the government P3,953,737.20 for this year, according to the AFP.

In line with efforts to cleanse the pension payroll, the AFP Finance Center sent out two teams last month to Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Isabela and Cagayan to distribute checks and at the same time validate the 1,969 AFP pensioners who have opened their accounts there.

During the validation process from March 16-22, an eight-man team which distributed checks in Cagayan and Ilocos Norte discovered that 12 accounts illegally continued to receive pension.

Eight pensioners were found already deceased, two were no longer Filipino citizens and two dependents were already more than 21 years old.

The government saved P2,469,988.92 this year from the closure of these 12 accounts.

The second team which covered Isabela, Ilocos Sur and Abra also discovered 12 fraudulent pension accounts that would have received a total of P1,483,748.28 this year.

It found that eight pensioners have died, three have lost their Filipino citizenship and one dependent has already reached the maturity age.

The government’s arrears to its military pensioners have reached billions of pesos.

Since 2007, the AFP said it has weeded out about 10,000 illegitimate pensioners through painstaking clearing operations.

Pensioners Business Center

As the nation observes Veteran’s Week from April 4-11, the AFP announced the plan to construct a P5-million AFP Pensioners Business Center in Camp Aguinaldo.

The AFP said it has in its payroll almost 113,000 pensioners among World War II veterans, retired soldiers, widows and dependents.

The facility will be put up near the AFP Finance Center and the Pension and Gratuity Management Center in Camp Aguinaldo.

“Since many of our war veterans are growing old and ill, they will need extra care and comfort whenever they transact with military offices,” AFP Chief of Staff General Jessie Dellosa said in a statement.

He said pensioners can transact more comfortably, especially during the rainy season, once the new facility is finished.

He said the proposed center can accommodate almost 350 persons who can line up in an orderly fashion at the transaction windows.

The center will have medical clinics, toilets, vending machines, misting fans and television monitors.

A medical team will always be available for emergencies.

“Our former soldiers have spent their years fighting bravely for the sake of the nation. The improvements to our pension system and facilities are just small gestures of appreciation for their sacrifices and selfless service for the country,” Dellosa said.

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Tags: AFP , Government , Military , pensions , Veterans Affairs

  • to0

    The military has lost it’s moral ascendancy. This scum is an inside job.

    • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

      Scum is always an outside job. Maybe you mean scam. :)

  • http://twitter.com/FleebyBoy Poe’s Law

    Kasalanan na naman ulit to ni Noynoy. Lahat kasalanan niya kahit hindi.

    • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

       yung makikitid lang ang isip/utak ang nag-iisip nito.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PEG75IJSDBILPXUYKCJNCYWZVE Akyat

    SSS has a relatively good system of requiring the pensioners to appear at least once a year for the pension to be paid the next 12 months. No show No pay…. Maybe the military can adopt the same so that our limited funds can go to the deserving veterans.

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Good catch!

  • jabungan2001

    Its a system floss. Its a matter of regular monitoring if conducted then this scam will never happen.

    • ThePattern

      floss ng ipin?

      • dodong1

        yes floss ng ngipin o kaya flows, tapos dapat spell din niya yung scam ng scum..ha ha ha ha

      • ThePattern


  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    nothing new…..my uncle, an officer used to work at finance sa loob ng fort bonifacio…rampant ang kurakutan sa loob…hanggang taas..from ghost employees to supplies….my uncle retired still driving his vintage jeep (owner)…he was asked several times by his superiors kung gusto nya ng bagong sasakyan…..he said “no”..i can’t afford it..sabi nya sa amin…ayaw daw nya ma karma….he is close to 80 yrs old..still strong and living a peaceful life…i always see to it na may dala akong rhum or whisky at pulutan pag dumadalaw ako and we talk about politics at mga baho sa loob ng militar…

  • http://civilservice.boxpinoy.com/civilserviceexam.php Rorschach

    Madami pa iyan. Guppy palang iyang nahuli nyo.

  • wilms1963

    dapat taon taon o kaya monthly ang pag iimbestiga….hangga ngayon ba ganun pa rin kadami ang mga buhay na beterano ng ww2 at iyong mga anak nila di pa rin  ba uma bot ng idad 21?

  • pasaway008ako

    tsk,tsk tsk ito ba ay pinag-aaralan din sa Phil. Military Academy (PMA), ang mangurakot? Ang tatapang talaga ng apog. Bakit hindi iyong kaaway ng pamahalaan kayo magpakita ng tapang, hindi iyong kawalanghiyaan sa Gov.


    MADALING solusyunan yan….COMPUTERIZE all transactions!  Huwag lang dadaya-in ng  mga data encoders ang proseso, matitiklo kaagad ang mga gustong mandya!

    • ThePattern

      computerize? eh di nasira diskarte ng mga ulupong at kawatan sa Crame at Aguinaldo.  dahil sa mga lintek na pekeng mga yan, ilang beses naudlot pension ng nanany ko. l e c h e n g mga tao yan nakikinabang dahil sa pandaraya

      • UrHONOR

        O, eh di sama na nila yong parte ng mga ulupong at kawatan sa program para walang gulo!

      • ThePattern

        eh sana lang mangyari yang sinabi mo. sa nakita kong kalakaran sa Crame at Aguinaldo, siguro dekada bibiliangin bago tumino sistema nila

  • dodong1

    kasama si REYES dito na binabayaran…

  • Paking

    Bakit ganoon may nadiskubreng anomalya pero walang naparusahan? Talaga bang ang ibig sabihin nang PMA ay Philippine Monetary Academy? Panay panghu-hurakot at wala na ang serbisyo publiko tulad sa kongreso at senado. Kawawa talaga si Juan de la Cruz. 

  • Juan Miguel Tanjuakio

    Good Effort in curbing corruption in AFP. I hope this continues.

    Now we can see at least reforms are being put in place.

    I hope the generals and officials (government) give what is due for the real heroes of the show, the ordinary soldiers.

  • wilfel

    I think it is right to remove the pensioner who are dead and depedent who are overage. I don’t think it is right to remove those who become citizen of another country since they worked for those pension in their younger days so that mean it is theirs even they are no longer the citizen of the country. Example : if you’re getting pension from SSS or GSIS and migrated to another country even you become the citizen of that country.You still entitled to that pension since you are still the same person and you worked for it when you’re young.

  • white scorpion

    ghost pensioner !!   we are the only nation that do not ran out of ghost thing. may ghost pensioner na tayo, may ghost employee pa, at ghost project pa. our country is full of syndicate in all institution. that is the very same reason din kaya hindi tayo nagpro-progress. many peoples (employees or otherwise) is taking advantage of our peoples money. worst is that ni hindi marunong magtira para sa project. mag-isip isip kayo. kasama kayo paglumubog ang bayan natin. mga, …..MGA !!!!!

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