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National

Defense chief Gazmin denies take-home pay of P1.7M a month

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretay Voltaire Gazmin on Monday said his take-home pay was only about P67,000, quite far from the reported P1.7 million amount published in a newspaper’s business gossip section.

Gazmin was listed among top government officials in the so-called list of "highest paid government officials" in the Philippine Daily Inquirer's "Biz Buzz" section, but the DND chief stressed his net income was about P90,000 and with all the deductions, he only takes home P67,195 a month.

Gazmin said the report was "unfair." 

"Gusto ko lang linawin ito, ipakita naman na dapat bago nilabas yung news item nagkaroon naman sila ng kahit papano ay magresearch or tanungin ako mismo bago ilabas ang ganto, unfair ito, hindi magandang hakbangin ang ganitong bagay [I just want this clear. I had hoped you guys would do some basic research or at the very least ask me about it before publishing this kind of report]," he told reporters.