PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa revealed Monday, February 5, that President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to resign to get the double pay that he promised to the police and military.
“Sabi ni Presidente sa kanyang Gabinete at sa kanyang mga kaibigan sa Congress na if by the end of 2017, if I cannot fulfill my promise to increase, times two, ‘yung sweldo ng pulis at sundalo, magre-resign ako,” Dela Rosa said.
“Hindi n’yo alam ‘yan, ngayon ko lang sasabihin sa inyo. Sinabi talaga ni Presidente na ‘Magre-resign ako dahil wala na akong mukhang ihaharap sa kanila, sinabi ko ‘yan, that was my promise,’” he said.
Dela Rosa said the policemen should be very much thankful to the President for the increase in their take home pay.
Duterte promised to increase the salaries of soldiers and policemen during the campaign period in the 2016 elections. The adjustment did not materialize in 2017 due to lack of funds.
The pay hike was implemented only on January 1, 2018.
Some 76,000 Police Officers (PO) 1, who used to earn P14,834 a month, received 100-percent salary increase while other officers will initially get an average of 58.70 percent increase. The balance will be released in tranches. (SunStar Philippines)