Court of Appeals Orders Philippine Government to Pay INP Retirees’ Pension

The Court of Appeals (CA) has directed the Philippine government to proceed with the payment of P3.9 billion in pension benefits to retired members of the defunct Integrated National Police (INP), The Philippine Star reported. In an eight-page decision issued last Dec. 12, the Special 14th Division of the appellate court ordered the full implementation of a 2016 CA decision for the release of benefits to the INP retirees by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM). It dismissed for lack of merit the petition of PNP and DBM questioning the order of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 in July last year, which applied the list of INP retirees and their respective pension amounts submitted by PNP for implementation of the pension payment. The CA rejected the bid of PNP and DBM to wait and apply a list from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) instead of the PNP list in the payment of pension differentials to the INP retirees. Read more.