Palace justifies diplomats’ high salaries

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Malacañang on Tuesday maintained that there is nothing wrong in giving huge salaries and bonuses to top diplomats as noted by a Commission on Audit (COA) report.

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Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. explained that Philippine ambassadors receive salaries based on existing laws and regulations.

“Wala po kaming gagawin dahil naaayon po sa batas ang lahat ng nakalagay doon sa ulat ng Commission on Audit. Mayroon na pong pahayag ang ating Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Lahat po ng tinatanggap ng iba’t iba nating mga ambassador ay naaayon po sa batas ng ating Republika (We will not do anything because what is in the COA report is in accordance withlaw. The DFA has issued a statement. The remuneration given to ambassadors is in accordance with our laws),” Coloma said.

“Kung nagkataon pong mataas ang na-allocate sa kanila na allowance ay ito po ay isinasaalang-alang lang ang kongkretong sitwasyon doon sa bansa na kung saan sila naglilingkod kaya wala pong iregularidad hinggil diyan. Ang naihayag po na report ng Commission on Audit ay makatotohanan at kongkretong pag-uulat ng mga pananalapi at suweldo na tumatalima sa batas ng Republika (If their allowances are high, it was given in consideration of the situation in the country where they are posted so there is no irregularity there),” he added.

The COA earlier reported that seven of the Philippines’ 10 highest paid officials come from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

But the DFA insisted that the computation of COA was misleading, noting that rental fees for the ambassadors’ official residences were included in the computation of allowances.

Based on the COA report, the Philippines’ highest paid official is Ambassador to China Erlinda Basilio who received P16.439 million last year.

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  1. Coloma, ayusin ninyo muna itong mga kaso ng mga Consul General at Ambassador
    na balitang balita sa Canada at Middle East. Pag sasamantala sa mga OFW’s at paglalasing sa harap ng ating mga kababayan habang nag linlingkod sa kanila.
    Pag nagawa na ninyo ito baka sakali maniniwala kaming lahat.

    Huwag na nating bibilugin ang taong bayan. Ilagay man ninyo itong nag pipilit
    na si Mar Roxas hindi mananalo. Walang karisma sa tao. Lalampasuhin lang siya
    ni BINAY o kaya si Dudarte kung tatako ito. Poe, hangang hindi niya sinabi ang
    tutuong ama niya si MAKOY na alam ng mga tao noon hindi siya siguradong
    mananalo. DNA lang ang katapat nito. Susan Roces at Bombong lang lalabas
    na ito at yan ang tutuo.Hindi na kaylangan si Rosemari Sonora h ha ha ha.

    TUWID NA PAMAMARAAN at hindi tuwid na daan dahil bumabaluktoot ito .
    UTANG NA LOOB AY NAKAKASUKA NA SA TAONG BAYAN!!!!!