First, Pres. Noynoy Aquino vetoed the P2,000 SSS pension hike. Then, his allies floated the possibility of an executive action on the issue – that is, for a mere P500-P1,000 pension hike. Yesterday, in a press conference, SSS executives floated the possibility of increasing members’ premium contributions to raise the funds needed for a pension hike.
Based on the foregoing, we have every reason to believe that the Aquino government wants SSS pensioners, senior citizens, their families, workers and the poor to accept current pension levels. Or they are conditioning the public to accept a meager pension hike that will fully be shouldered by SSS members through a premium hike.
The Aquino government’s scheme to sabotage the P2,000 SSS pension hike is most unacceptable to the Filipino workers and people. We warn Aquino that his government will continue to reap the anger and condemnation of workers and all Filipinos should he push through with this scheme. We warn him that he will end his term in further infamy and that his anointed candidates will lose if he carries out this scheme.
The truth is Aquino is not interested in extending the fund life of the SSS; he has in fact allowed SSS execs to collect less than 40% of what they should, he has not filed cases against delinquent employers, and pocket million in salaries and bonuses.
He only wants to preserve SSS funds for investments in big capitalist businesses such as the Philex Mining, PLDT, Union Bank, Security Bank, Metro Bank, First Philippine Holdings, Globe Telecom, Alliance Global, and Ayala Corp., among others. He also wants to preserve SSS funds for patronage to his appointees and for bureaucratic corruption. He is heartless because he is thoroughly anti-worker and pro-capitalist.
We are calling on all SSS pensioners, senior citizens, their families, workers and all Filipinos to intensify our struggle for a P2,000 SSS pension hike. Let us not be fooled by the lies and empty promises of the Aquino government. Let us continue joining protests and other activities and let us continue speaking up for our demand.