SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go on Wednesday manifested his support by co-authoring Senate Bill 2373 which seeks to grant survivorship benefits to retired prosecutors under the National Prosecution Service.
Retired prosecutors have no survivorship benefits compared to their counterparts in the Office of the Ombudsman or the judiciary despite having a similar work environment.
In his co-sponsorship speech, Go - a long-time aide of President Rodrigo Duterte - gave recognition to the critical role of prosecutors in the country's criminal justice system saying the President was once a prosecutor himself.
"President Duterte and I have been steadfast in our commitment to fight corruption and criminality in our country," Go said.
"Prosecutors play a crucial role in this fight; without them, justice cannot be achieved and the rule of law cannot be upheld," he continued.
Under the proposed measure, in case of death of a retired prosecutor, the surviving legitimate spouse and dependent children of the deceased will be entitled to receive all the retirement benefits he or she was already receiving.
As stated in the bill, dependent refers to both legitimate and illegitimate children or adopted children who are chiefly dependent on the deceased prosecutor, are not over 21 years of age, unmarried and not gainfully employed or if they are incapable of self-support because of mental or physical health concern.
For the surviving spouse, the retirement benefits will be provided until he or she remarries.
The said measure also provides a retroactive application to include prosecutors who died one year prior to the law's effectivity.
"It is high time we acknowledge their invaluable contributions to public service by granting our retired prosecutors survivorship benefits," Go added.