KEY POINTS

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte receives a paycheck of almost P400,000 or $8,300 annually
  • He is entitled to other bonuses as per an executive order signed by his predecessor
  • Duterte is set to end his presidential term in 2022

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been in the headlines for both good and bad decisions tied to his administration. But how much is he earning as the chief executive of the Philippine government?

The President of the Philippines is entitled to a P399,739 ($8230.08) annual paycheck as of 2019, Vera Files reported. This is the pay for government officials under Pay Grade 33 per Republic Act No. 6758 or the Compensation and Position Classification Act of 1989.

An incumbent president is also entitled to a bonus like other government employees. Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III signed Executive Order No. 201 in 2016 that not only raised the pay for the President and other employees of the Philippine government but also gave them bonuses. 

A mid-year bonus is among those included in the Executive Order. This bonus gives one-month basic salary to a qualified civil servant, including the President, who has served for at least four months of satisfactory service. The mid-year bonus is different from that of the Standard Allowances and Benefits afforded to government workers under the Total Compensation Framework.

Duterte and other qualified officials and workers are also entitled to an Enhanced Performance-based Bonus and a Productivity Enhancement Incentive that both started in the fiscal year 2016. The former is dependent on the achievement of departments and agencies where the employee falls and the latter is given to motivate each person in public office to increase their productivity. The Productivity bonus is tied to a fixed rate of P5,000 ($102.93).

The Davao City native started his term in 2016 after promising an end to illegal drug trade and corruption in the government, as per Forbes. The 74-year-old leader is known for his bloody war on crime that left thousands of Filipinos killed and his raw and vulgar speeches that include him calling former U.S. President Barack Obama a “son of a whore.”

Duterte’s term ends in 2022 amid disastrous management of the spread of the coronavirus in the country, according to Nikkei. Duterte was among the populist leaders in the world that ignored the threat of the novel coronavirus and downplayed its threat to his constituents.  

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has denied involvement in the Congress decision to strip ABS-CBN's application for a new franchise Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has denied involvement in the Congress decision to strip ABS-CBN's application for a new franchise Photo: Philippines' Presidential Photographers Division (PPD) / Handout