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Friday, March 11, 2005


Senator Richard Gordon called on for an immediate investigation on the government’s appropriation for the benefits of the World War II veterans in light of reported delays in the issuance of the soldiers’ pension.

“Our veterans are getting old and many of them are dying as we speak. They gave their lives and served to defend our country’s liberty and freedom, it is but just and fair that we accord them the privileges that they deserve,” Gordon said.

Gordon filed Senate Resolution #208 which calls for an investigation on the government’s efforts to provide the pension and benefits for the World War II veterans. The Resolution also seeks to explore ways and means to grant the said remuneration. Among the benefits due the veterans are old age pension, disability pension, clothing allowance, and dependency and indemnity compensation. According to Gordon, reports on the delayed issuance of the veterans’ pension and benefits have been increasing. Pension claims of veterans has been estimated at P23 billion in arrearages as of 2003.

Gordon, co-chairman of the World War II 60th Anniversary Philippine Organizing Committee, vowed to look into the issues and concerns of the veterans as he led today the commemoration of the Liberation of Zamboanga City which is a part of the year-long nationwide celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the World War II.

“Today, we will not only celebrate the victory of our veterans, our heroes who fought for our liberation but we will also hear out and do something about their present concerns and needs. We will push for the advancement of their advocacies because we owe them that,” Gordon exclaimed


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