They said that they are receiving only P6,700 a month which is not enough.
Aquino said that the government has embarked on a re-validation program to clear the list of veterans from fake ones.
“Sa pagpasok ng taong ito, itinigil natin ang benipisyo ng 22,534 accounts at suspended pa ang 14,616 accounts kaya naibalik ang pension remittance na halagang P396.61 million kaya itong Marso lumabas na 133,784 ang lehitimong beterano at surviving spouses,” the President said.
He said that the Veterans Memorial Center has served 1,094 veterans in 2013 with medical assistance of P17 million. “Sagot din ang coronary, angiogram at bypass.”
The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) has 2,059 student-scholars with qualified dependents receiving P36,000 every year, Aquino said.
He paid tribute not only to World War II veterans but also to soldiers like those defending the disputed Ayungin Shoal.
The President, American Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe offered wreath at the colonnade of the War Memorial Shrine below the huge Memorial Cross.
“We express our heartfelt apology and deep remorse for the sufferings of so many during the war. We vowed never to wage war again,” Urabe said, adding that Japan will be happy to work with the Philippines and the United States for a common goal.
“We have to take time to honor and remember our heroes who rendered courage and sacrifices,” Goldberg said.
He said that the three countries are now allies, ready to help each other.
“Bataan after enduring the pains of the past is now on the road to industrialization,” the Governor said.
Local officials who attended the rites were Mayor Alice Pizarro of the host town Pilar and mayors of other towns, First District Rep. Herminia Roman, Vice Gov. Efren Pascual, Jr., Bataan Metropolitan Development Authority general manager Charlie Pizarro, among others.