This is to express my sincerest gratitude to my dear colleagues for lending support to this measure, which I truly feel is long overdue. Our veterans who sustained disabilities and injury in the line of duty have long waited for this legislation to update the monthly disability pension rates which have remained unchanged for 29 years.
Thank you to our Chairperson of the Committee on Finance and co-author of this measure, Sen. Sonny Angara.
To our distinguished Minority Floor Leader Sen. Koko Pimentel for helping this sponsor in refining provisions of the measure.
Also, to the members of this august chamber who are co-authors and co-sponsors of this bill – Majority Floor Leader Sen. Joel Villanueva, Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Loren Legarda, Sen. Lito Lapid, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and our National Defense Committee Vice Chairpersons Sen. Francis Tolentino, Sen. Bong Go, Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla, Sen. Bato Dela Rosa and Sen. Robin Padilla.
I am proud to be part of this Senate, under the leadership of our Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, which truly cares for the welfare of the Filipino people. This legislation is one way of honoring our military and war veterans who served and defended the country in their prime, and ensuring that in their twilight years, they and their families are accorded adequate benefits and assistance.
Thank you, Mr. President.