Aquino increases combat pay of soldiers

In recognition of their sacrifices, President Benigno S. Aquino III has increased the combat
pay of soldiers who, most of the times, willingly offer their lives for the peace and security of
the country.

The Chief Executive announced this good news during the 75th anniversary of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

The President told the soldiers present that he already signed an Executive Order on Monday
amending Executive Order 658 increasing the combat pay of soldiers to P500 from the
current P240.

The President said the soldiers in the field will start receiving the new rate effective January
next year.

Since the establishment of the AFP under Commonwealth Act No. 1, or the National Defense
Act of 1935, the President said the soldiers have been at the forefront in protecting the
country’s sovereignty in times of peace, war and calamities. (PIA)

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