SSS execs failed to deceive the public – KMU

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Joining a gathering and a protest of advocates of a P2,000 across-the-board increase in Social Security System pensions at the Quezon City Sports Club this morning, national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno said that executives of the workers’ fund have failed to deceive the public into accepting current pension levels.

The labor group said the clamor for the pension hike continues to grow, as reflected in radio shows and in social media, and that more and more groups are expressing their eagerness to hold various activities to voice out the demand.

KMU said that in their presscon last Monday, SSS executives merely rehashed Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s arguments, which have been refuted, and served up new lies which were have also been refuted.

“The SSS executives failed to convince the public that the SSS cannot fund the P2,000 across-the-board pension hike. They only reaped the public’s anger with their arrogance and thinly-veiled lies,” said Roger Soluta, KMU vice-chairperson.

The labor leader said SSS commission representative for the general public Michael Alimurung’s claim that majority of the fund’s members are informal workers was refuted by data from the SSS which shows that more than 22 million out of its more than 30 million members are wage and salary workers.

He also said that Filipinos immediately sensed that Alimurung, together with SSS president and chief executive officer Emilio de Quiros Jr., were lying when they claimed that not all SSS members are poor.

“Last Monday’s press conference only highlighted just how palpak (inept) SSS executives really are. They were trying to come up with excuses to not raise the SSS pension and they failed miserably,” Soluta added.

KMU has repeatedly claimed that SSS has the funds for the increase, that it can still undertake measures to further increase the funds without increasing members’ premium contributions, and that the government can fund the pension hike in the future should SSS funds won’t suffice.

“There really is no excuse for not implementing the P2,000 across-the-board pension hike. Public anger will not subside until the Aquino government implements the said pension hike immediately,” Soluta stated.

KMU called on SSS pensioners, senior citizens, their families, workers and all Filipinos to join upcoming protests at the Batasang Pambansa, the SSS main office in East Avenue, Senate and Luneta.