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‘Bato’ now richest cop in the country

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa yesterday declared himself as the “richest policeman in the country” in terms of salary after learning a 79 percent increase in his monthly pay.

“I was surprised to know that I have 79 percent increase, I now have a very big salary. I am now the richest policeman in terms of salary,” de la Rosa jokingly said during a chance interview in Valenzuela City.
“Based on salary I am now the richest cop in the Philippines that’s why I am very happy,” he added.
Earlier, the PNP-Directorate for Comptrollership had announced the 100 percent increase in the monthly pay of all Police Officers 1 (PO1s)—equivalent to private in the military and the 58 percent average hike in the salary of all the other members of the PNP.
The PNP has 76,000 PO1s within its ranks and it is eyeing to recruit 21,000 more as allowed by law.
The chief PNP, however, warned the pay increase comes with greater responsibility to the police in performing well as public servants.
“They should be aggressive in law enforcement approach…our crime solution efficiency should be doubled because their salary was increased,” de la Rosa stressed.
“Now that there is salary increase…there is no more reason for our policemen to commit corruption,” he added.
De la Rosa vowed to dismiss from the service all policemen, particularly PO1s, found guilty of abusing their power.
“If they abuse, they will be removed from the service immediately,” de la Rosa said.
In Valenzuela, de la Rosa welcomed the announcement of Mayor Rex Gatchalian that there will be additional allowance for the local police from the local government.
The chief PNP said while there is no controversy involving Valenzuela City Police Station, the additional support of the local government will definitely boost the morale of the policemen.
“I expect the more the Valenzuela City police will serve as example to all other police units in the entire Philippines. They should really work harder because of the support they get,” de la Rosa said.

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