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FHM Asks: How Much Do Government Officials Really Make?

May bago bang building si Mayor? Bagong SUV si Kapitan? Teka, kung suweldo ang pagbabasehan, afford ba nila yan? 
by Ron Jay Eduvas | Oct 10, 2014
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If you've been watching the news instead of the latest showbiz chika, you might be familiar with all the fiascos involving some of our higher-ranked government officials as of late.

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The royals of Makati, especially their patriarch, Vice President Jejomar Binay, are under fire after allegedly manipulating the funds slated for the construction of the new Makati City Hall parking building and just recently, for allegedly owning the luxurious "Hacienda Binay" in Rosario, Batangas.

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There’s also PNP Chief Alan Purisima, who’s facing possible corruption charges after allegedly amassing ill-gotten wealth and questionable “discounts.” Also, this house:

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And with all these Senate Blue Ribbon committee probes and lifestyle checks targeting the supposed corruption and lavish lifestyles of our government officials, we ask: Magkano ba talaga ang suweldo ng mga 'to? Kaya ba talaga nilang bumili ng hindi discounted na Toyota Prado? Ilang taon ba dapat sila mag-ipon para magkaroon ng sarili nilang hacienda?

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To shed some light, we got a hold of the matrix under the Salary Standardization Act for government officials and personnel. Here's a snippet:




Php 120,000


Php 103,000 - 111, 198


Php 90,000 - 97, 163


Php 90,000 - 97, 163


Php 78, 946 - 85, 230


Php 67,684 - 73, 071

City Mayor

Php 78, 946 - 85, 230


Php 67,684 - 73, 071

Sangguniang Panglungsod member / City Councilors *Manila and Quezon City

Php 62, 670 – 67, 668


*Take note that government salaries vary according to assigned salary grades and steps per position. The President holds the highest grade of 33, the Vice President is 32, while the senators and congressmen both hold grades of 31.   

So can they really afford such luxuries? Or are they geniuses when it comes to saving money / running personal businesses? Let's find out on the next page!

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