DoJ blames DBM, GSIS on delayed pension of dead government prosecutor

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MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DoJ) washes hands off the delay in the release of pension of a government prosecutor who was hoping he could use the money for his medical treatment but died without receiving anything.

In a statement issued Thursday, the DoJ said it was not amiss in attending to the application for retirement pay of former acting Cadiz City Prosecutor Marcelo Del Pilar who died of heart attack last April 4, 2013.

Del Pilar, 66, as reported on INQUIRER.net died without getting his retirement fund. His wife, Teresa said they are hoping that the retirement fund could pay for his medical expenses and could save the foreclosure of their house in Bacolod City and pay for their auto loan.

Marcelo was acting prosecutor of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental when he retired on July 15, 2011, after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65, capping 36 years of government service.

“His situation represents an area of concern and the Department is doing everything to convince the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) and GSIS (Government Service Insurance System)) to release the retirement benefits of retired prosecutors,” Justice Undersecretary Leah Armamento said as she expressed condolences to the family of Del Pilar.

The DoJ said the DBM and GSIS joint circular that will address the issue on the retirement benefits of prosecutors under Republic Act 10071 or the Act Strengthening and Rationalizing the National Prosecution Service was signed only on April 15, 2013.

Armamento said DBM director Tina Rose Marie Canda’s request for the release of Special Allotment Release Order worth P397,384,560.00 to cover payment of the retirement gratuity for prosecutors covering the year 2010 to 2012 was resubmitted to the DBM.

On April 4, Armamento said they sent a letter to Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on the query of Del Pilar.

“However, he passed away on the same day Malacañang was updated of his benefits,” Armamento said belying claims of Del Pilar’s family that they have not acted on their query about the pension.

Lacierda’s office offered to help Marcelo’s family with the medical expenses through the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office but they declined saying they wanted what was due him.

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  • leocarias

    Sobrang bagal kumilos mga taga GSIS pag mag follow up ka sasabihin na under evaluation at nasa concerned staff na….after so many calls ganun for more than a year same line binabanggit ng call center agent…

    • Guest

      we’re doing our best. stop blaming us. blame the gov’t appointees who are placed on top of us. we have no say on their appointment.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    DOJ Leila de Lima: As usual, I reiterate ==> we at DOJ are always powerless.

    DBM FLorencio Abad: We had to prioritize between MOOE vs. Pensions.

    GSIS Bernie Vergara: He’s dying anyway, we did not deny him a 2nd chance at happiness.

    We all know DOJ Leila de Lima’s favorite excuse that she and her dept. are powerless. She said that when she allowed the Panamanian rapist to get away and leave the Philipines. She said it again when the Aman Futures pyramid scam came crashing down, 9 months after the initial credible tip-off she got from Pagadian City Chamber of Commerce. Powerless nga talaga.

    DBM Florencio Abad was just doing the politically correct thing. The politically correct thing is of course to prioritize the MOOE of politicians and various gov’t agencies and ignore pleading pensioners.

    GSI Bernie Vergara has nothing to worry about. He’s handpicked by PNoy, being one batch lower than PNoy in ADMU. He will not get fired over a dead pensioner. Besides, he’s helping PNoy in allocating investment funds in companies and entities favored by PNoy and his kronies. Malaki-laki ang kickback at “dibidendo” nyan.

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      KILI-KILI POWER ANG TINDI! GSIS EH SORI NA LANG, NAIPROGRAM NA KASI NI W. GARCIA NA HUMAN ROBOTS ANG KILOS NILA. ‘PAG MALI ANG PINDOT, SIRA NA ANG LAHAT.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Why has current GSIS President Bernie Vergara failed to file any case against former GSIS President Winston Garcia? With COA’s help, it should be easy to find dirt on this guy.

  • nano

    Acting prosecutor Marcelo del Pilar is a man with principle,he dont want help from Phil.C harity Sweepstake ,but want what is due for him. A man with rarity character . Its easy for him to take the help while waiting what is due for him.

  • vaporub123

    wow.ang pagkakaalam ko bago reretire ang mga government employees ( 1 buwan bago reretiro ) ay matatangap na nila lahat ang mga benepisyo.ngayon magtuturuan ang mga doj,gsis at dbm?kung sila mga departamento hindi magkakasundo,papano na kayo ang mga opisyal nila?

  • BOYPDAF

    kaya bago pa kayu magkasakit alarmahin nio na ang gobyerno for your pension..sigurado bago mamatay matatangap nio na,hindi ung patay ka na di mo na napakinabangan.nagserbisyo ka ng tapat ito ang kapalit,samantala yung mga buwaya sa gobyerno gaya ng mga heneral malakas pa natatangap na nila ung due for them,may pabaon pa!hay buhay nga naman!

  • disqusted0fu

    As usual, the Department of Selective Justice is again too late in acting. Also as usual, the Selective Justice Sec. De Lima again points her fingers on others. Nothing will change if you keep on doing the same thing, and that’s exactly what’s happening with the DOSJ.

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