Thursday, February 3, 2011

Corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Pabaon comes from the word "baon" or food provision. During our elementary days, since we lived too far from school, we had to bring our baon for lunch packed using fire-softened banana leaves. As we gathered, we would exclaim at every realization what we had for lunch usually consisted of fried salted fish, hard-boiled egg or scrambled egg, mudfish or carabao or horse-meat tapa if lucky. But of course the "pabaon" that retired AFP officials have is different from the baon we had then or as what most Filipino pupils would have for lunch even today especially in remote farming villages.

The pabaon or take-home pay for retired top-brass officials in the Armed Forces of the Philippines is controversial. Former AFP Chief Angelo Reyes allegedly received a hefty Php50 million pabaon. If true, this is anomalous given the situation of ordinary soldiers fighting in the hinterlands wanting of combat gears and weapons, etc. But then here's the AFP giving away so much monies to retiring officials - I mean topbrass officials. And worst, there were interviews saying that that there ordinary soldiers who would have go through difficult process in order to enjoy retirement benefits.

We hope that the administration of Pnoy will be able to put a stop to this pabaon system in the AFP.

2 comments:

PinayWAHM said...

50Mil? Really???? That is just ridiculous. Grabe naman ah. Feeling mayaman ata ang AFP...o baka naman mayaman sila at di lang natin alam? Regardless, that should not have been the case. Ang daming pwedeng matulungan ng 50Mil...

Anyway....here visiting you back. I hope all's well with you...kahit ala kang 50 Mil na pabaon. Btw, the 'baon' you described made me miss elem/high school days. Thoss were the days noh? Ngayon ata may cafeteria/canteen na ang karamihan...

Thanks for dropping by!

Juliana - Pinay WAHM

Fernando C. Zamora said...

:-) thanks for the visit and the comment...

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