This is what happens when red tape rules.
The Philippine News Agency (via InterAksyon.com) reports that Marcelo del Pilar-who was last acting city prosecutor of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental-finally received his retirement pay after a two-year delay. Unfortunately, Del Pilar, who retired on July 15, 2011, died on April 4 this year. The report noted: "Del Pilar and his family were hoping to use his retirement pay for his treatment and to save their home in Bacolod City from foreclosure."
The report further revealed: "In a memorandum dated May 17, Assistant Justice Secretary for Finance Zabedin Azis and Prosecutor General Claro A. Arellano said the Department of Budget and Management has already released ₱246.795 million to cover the retirement gratuity differential of the 85 retired prosecutors. Del Pilar would have received ₱ 4.135 million."
The report went on to explain what caused the delay: "As early as August 13, 2012, Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima had written Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the issuance of the Special Allotment Release Order and notice of cash allocation to cover payment gratuity of prosecutors who retired compulsorily or optionally. The same request was resubmitted to the DBM on April 3, 2013. However, the DBM and the Government Service Insurance System signed a joint circular to address the issue on the retirement benefits of prosecutors under Republic Act 10071 or the Act Strengthening and Rationalizing the National Prosecution Service only on April 15 this year."