THE Department of Budget and Management, the Philippine National Police and the National Police Commission were directed by a Manila judge to enforce a Court of Appeals (CA) decision granting the full benefits of retired policemen, some of whom are already dead.
Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina of the Manila Regional Trial Court-National Capital Judicial Region Branch 32 granted the motion of petitioner Manila’s Finest Retirees’ Association, Inc. (MFRAI) for the “fulfillment, implementation and full satisfaction of the decision of the CA dated April 29, 2016.”
“After a protracted hearing and tedious process, the court was able to extract from the PNP the amounts ought to be received by the INP retirees who have not gotten yet their full retirement benefits under existing laws, without which data this court cannot effectively implement its decision sought to be enforced,” Medina said in her order, noting that the amounts involved were indicated in the respondents’ partial compliance dated May 16, 2017 and full compliance dated June 14, 2017, which they submitted in compliance with the court’s directive. The INP or Integrated National Police, is now called the PNP.
In what the court described as “yet another bid to delay the execution of the final and executory judgment’ of the court, the respondents argued that the amounts indicated are not yet the final amounts since petitioners have already received pensions from the GSIS as a result of their retirement as members of the INP, noting that the pension should be deducted from the total amount found opposite one’s name in the initial computation to avoid double compensation.
“When the INP personnel retired, their names were counter-checked with the GSIS records and upon verification of their premium payments, these were returned to them. Petitioners have already retired and have been receiving their retirement benefits or pensions and it is only the pension differential that they were asking… the premium refund is separate and distinct privilege granted by R.A. 1616. Hence, respondent PNP, being the employer of petitioners, is the one obligated to compute and give their pension differentials and not to make the GSIS validation and payment of premium refunds as a condition precedent thereto,” the court said.