Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police will have to wait for another year before the promised increase on their salaries will take effect.
This was clarified by Department of Budget and Management Sec. Benjamin Diokno during a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday.
Diokno explained that whatever issue concerning salary hike should go through Congress.
However, things will be faster if both houses of Congress will be able to pass the proposed Tax Reform Law before the end of 2017.
The only increase that the soldiers and police will receive this year is the second trance as part of the fourth trance under the salary standardization law, which was approved during Aquino administration.
However, Diokno made no mention on how much the said additional salary will be, aside from the combat pay increase which was given by President Rodrigo Duterte.