By Genalyn Kabiling
For all the heavy workload and long hours, President Duterte believes he deserves a higher salary.
The President said his “ideal” salary should be at least P1 million from the P200,000 monthly pay he receives as the country’s leader.
“Sa pagod ko tapos alam mo ang sweldo ko? 200. Dalawa ang asawa ko (For my weariness, you know how much my salary is? It’s P200,000. I have two wives),” he said during a visit to Camp Gen. Adriano Hernandez in Dingle, Iloilo yesterday.
“Ang ideal salary ko, ako… ako ang mag-estimate, dapat sa akin talaga, walang biruan — 1 million 500. Oo. Sa pagod ko (My ideal salary, I estimate I should earn, no joke, one million and five hundred for all my weariness)” he added.
Duterte, now on his second year in office, said he has a busy daily schedule that includes meetings in Malacañang and provincial trips now and then.
The 72-year-old leader, whose workday usually starts at 1 p.m. and lasts way past midnight, claimed that his present salary does not even include meal allowance.
“Nagrereklamo ako sa kanila. 200? Wala akong meal allowance, wala akong representation. Ako lang mag-isa mag-uwi, puntang opisina, tsaka ‘yung barge ko na bugbugbugbugbugbug super hina [I have complained to them. P200,000 really? I don’t have meal allowance, representation. I go home alone, go to work and then my barge is old and weak],” he added.
President Duterte currently resides at the Bahay Pagbabago, located at the Malacañang Park across the Pasig River from the main Palace. He also commutes back and forth from Manila to his hometown Davao City during weekends.