Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has requested the Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to hand over to the retired lawyers of the Public Attorneys Office (PAO) the P139 million due to them.

In a letter, Aguirre reminded Diokno that the Quezon City regional trial court docket (RTC) had issued a ruling which nullified the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) November 2015 opinion.

The opinion acknowledged that PAO lawyers should not entitled to the identical retirement bundle as prosecutors and judges.

“This department takes the occasion of this definitive ruling of the RTC regarding the benefits of PAO retirees pursuant to the PAO law to reiterate its previous manifestation that it favors the release of the retirement benefits of the petitioners equal to those of their counterparts, that is, pursuant to the PAO Law in relation to the NPS (National Prosecution Service) Law,” stated Aguirre.

The RTC agreed with the place of the PAO that Republic Act (RA) 9406 or the PAO legislation offers that the rank, wage grades, salaries, allowances and different emoluments of the general public attorneys shall be the identical as these of their counterparts within the NPS.

However, RA 10071, often known as the Prosecution Service Act of 2010, which was used as foundation by the DBM, failed to particularly embrace PAO lawyers.

Aguirre instructed Diokno that 5 have already died out of the 40 PAO retirees who have been supposed to profit from the P139 million.

Those who handed away have been Valentin Daoas, Manuel Ramos, Rody Alonzo, Diosdado Savellano, and Juan Suco.

Source: politics.com.ph