No compromise: P2,000 SSS pension hike pressed

Amidst “compromise” proposals of a P500 or P1,000 hike in monthly Social Security System pensions, pensioners, senior citizens, their families, workers and other sectors of society again marched to Mendiola this morning to assert their original demand for a P2,000 hike.

The protestors led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno continued to condemn Pres. Noynoy Aquino for vetoing the proposal for a P2,000 pension hike four days ago, and demanded that the chief executive or Congress and the Senate do everything in their powers to carry out the said hike.

“Do we want a P500 or a P1,000 pension hike? We want a P2,000 pension hike. We are calling on Congress and the Senate to override Aquino’s veto. We are calling on Aquino to make an executive action. We will fight in every front so that pensioners will get a P2,000 hike,” said Roger Soluta, KMU vice-chairperson.

The labor leader said the compromise proposals are being floated by Aquino’s allies in an attempt to stem the public’s growing anger over Aquino’s veto of the proposed hike, which is being used by many sectors as a basis for calling for “zero votes” for Aquino’s anointed presidentiable Mar Roxas and vice-presidentiable Leni Robredo.

“We have to continue fighting for P2,000 pension hike. These promises are being dangled not because these politicians really care for pensioners and would-be pensioners. They fear that their cheating won’t become credible because calls for zero votes are getting louder,” Soluta added.

The protestors erected a huge image of Pres. Noynoy Aquino similar to images being circulated on Facebook and social media and repeated what they did in last Friday’s protest and pelted the image with rotten tomatoes and eggs.

“There is already so much anger and clamor coming from pensioners, senior citizens, their families and ordinary workers and Filipinos, and we are just starting. We vow to hold more and bigger protests in the coming days,” Soluta said.

KMU said they will troop to the House of Representatives in the afternoon to support Rep. Neri Colmenares, sponsor of the P2,000 SSS Pension Hike Bill, who is scheduled to make a privilege speech on the issue.

The labor group said it has plans of holding protests in front of SSS offices all over the country, of Senate and Congress, and in areas frequented by SSS pensioners and their families in the coming days.