Retired prosecutor pleads for pension after 36 yrs in gov’t


BACOLOD CITY—He served the government for 36 years until his retirement in 2011.

But retired Cadiz City prosecutor Marcelo B. del Pilar has yet to receive his lump sum pension despite a letter of appeal to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

Now, Del Pilar, 66, is asking President Benigno Aquino to help him avail himself of his pension because he needs the money for his heart bypass operation.

Del Pilar was acting city prosecutor of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental when he retired on July 15, 2011 when he reached the retirement age of 65, capping almost 36 years of government service.

According to Del Pilar, he suffered heart attacks in 2007 and 2010. His cardiologist Dr. Jose Joel Yap, recommended that he undergo a heart bypass operation to prolong his life.

He had hoped to use his lump sum pension to pay for his operation. But like the more than 100 other prosecutors nationwide who retired in 2011 he, too, didn’t get the lump sum pension that he was hoping to get upon retirement.

“The Department of Justice has not explained to the retirees what is causing the delay,” he said.

Del Pilar said he has been following up the release of his pension fund. He even wrote to De Lima and Vice President Jejomar Binay to seek their help but he has not received any reply.

“I wrote to the Vice President first because I heard that he helped Kabang, the Filipino hero dog who lost her snout, go to the United States for treatment,” Del Pilar said.

“I thought if he could help a dog, maybe he could help me but I did not get any reply from the vice president,” he said.

Del Pilar said it was also difficult for him after his retirement because he could not practice law since prosecutors are barred from engaging in private practice a year after retirement.

For a year, he added he had to live on money borrowed from his children. It was only this year that he started earning when he resumed his private practice.

But on March 16, Del Pilar had another heart attack and he is now confined at the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City.

Del Pilar said he was hoping that President Aquino would learn about his plight and help him.

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  • vaporub123

    tulad ng mga public school teachers,after years of serving the government,some of them doesn’t recieve their pensions due to red tapes.and people at gsis are reciveing big salaries and bonuses for doing nothing. G.S.I.S.,MAAWA NAMAN KAYO SA MGA RETIREES.SILA ANG BUMUBUHAY SA INYO

  • Hey_Dudes

    Hoy! Mahiya naman kayo ibigay ang dapat na ibigay at ng mamuhay siya ng matiwasay ano ba naman kayo.

  • randyaltarejos

    I think there is something wrong here. In the first place, the DOJ shouldn’t be faulted for this mess. Any retiree can always make a follow up with the Government Service Insurance System in Manila. Or he can also visit the GSIS regional office which has jurisdiction over his former place of work. Please contact Ms. Ella Valencerina, VP for Public Affairs, GSIS, Pasay City. Email address: The VP’s direct line is (632) 891-6270. I hope this information can help the retired prosecutor and other retirees in the regions.

    • fracason

      Shouldn’t waste your time with e-mail in Philippines, no one but a handful of people bother to answer you. That goes from the most senior executives in Government to the lowest people in society. They all have e-mail addresses but not one of them has the courtesy of answering your concerns. It’s as if no works at those government e-mail addresses.

  • Maldi2

    At most, it depends on what color you embrace. If you wear Yellow, it’s fast track release. If you wear other color, sorry, you got to toe the line. What is ironic is that sometimes the person is already dead prior to the release of pensions. Welcome folks to the TUWID NA DAAN – where the real fun is!

  • vince_bugaboo

    Hi Carla Gomez, I suggest you relentlessly follow this piece up with some more and more of this kind as long as PDI continues to publish you, and it doesn’t matter if you practically utilize the same words and lines you used in this one. Not only you should do it if you’re really intent and sincere in helping poor Mr. Del Pilar finally receive his long overdue lump sum pension, but also because it’s the only way you’d get the attention of these so-called “leaders of the people” who are, otherwise, attentive only to issues favorable to their political aggrandizement. Yes, two examples of this popularity opportunism are Binay’s
    not so secret undertaking of Kabang’s treatment in the US and his campaign for “blood money” for a certain Zapanta who’s sentenced to death in the Middle East.

    Rindihin mo sila! Enlist the pens of some of your collegues and make lot of noise to make Pnoy and Binay pay attention to Mr. Del Pilar’s well-deserved money rights. (^%$”!!%!

  • Loggnat

    That does it! The judicial system is a joke so why was I surprise that the Justice Department would be any different. If a prosecutor is treated by the GSIS this bad, what chances are that the ordinary employee of the department would be treated any better? The Dept. of Justice should move mountains to help one of their own in getting an answer from the GSIS as to why their pensions are delayed and for goodness sake! He desperately needs the money for his heart operation and to be able to live decently as promised to him by the government office that he work for 36 years. The DOJ should be investigating the cause of this injustice and should be dead set to immediately file charges to any individual or entity that is causing the injustice to the citizens of the nation especially to one of their own.

  • virgoyap

    Kaawa-awa na man. Why the delay?

  • $5699914

    This should never happen to a person who spent half his life time working.

  • Ncarreonjr

    That’s one of the many reasons why it is “more fun in the Phil.”

  • Kamoteng Baging

    Wait. You are required to retire but you can’t go into private practice. Fair enough. However, they won’t give you your retirement benefits?

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