SHOWING his full appreciation to the good job being done by the Philippine National Police in the crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse, President Rodrigo Duterte gave a big Christmas bonus to the PNP top brass ranging from P50,000 to as much as P400,000 each, PNP chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa said yesterday.
“That’s how much he (President Duterte) supports the PNP. Love na love niya ang PNP kaya lahat tayo happy,” the top cop announced during the Camp Crame Christmas party earning wild cheers from the PNP top brass as well as other officers and men and their families.
When he was still Davao City mayor, Duterte was known for giving surprise cash gifts to police and military officials attending conferences at the city hall. With his entry into Malacañang Palace last July 1, he became the 1st Philippine president to give a Christmas bonus to PNP generals and colonel holding key positions in the 160,000-strong police force.
“Kunin n’yo pamasko n’yo ranging from P400,000 at pinakamababa P100,000 sa mga star-rank officer. Pinakamababa sa mga hindi star-rank mga P50,000. Okay na sa inyo ’yon?” Gen. Dela Rosa told his officers as he asked them to claim their bonuses in his office after their party.
The PNP chief is expected to receive P400,000 while the other star-rank officers will receive cash above P100,000. Senior Superintendents holding key PNP positions will receive a minimum of P50,000 cash each.
Two senior PNP officials also had the biggest smile yesterday after earning their latest promotion. They are newly-promoted Chief Superintendent Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. of the Southern Police District and Chief Supt. Gilbert DC Cruz of the Police-Community Relations Group.
Apolinario is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1987 while Cruz belongs to PNP Academy Class 1986. The two are set to take their oath of office tomorrow before Gen. Dela Rosa.
Another official, PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director, Chief Supt. Roel B. Obusan, a classmate from PMA Class 1986 of Gen. Dela Rosa has also been recommended for promotion to the rank of Director which is equivalent to a Major General in the Armed Forces.