NCRPO Chief: Pay hike ‘motivation’ for police to shun corruption

The huge increase in the base pay of police officers and uniformed personnel should motivate them to stay away from corruption, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde said Saturday.

Under a joint resolution signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, which took effect on January 1, a Police Officer 1 will receive a monthly base pay of P29,668, twice the previous pay rate. Officers holding higher ranks are also entitled to pay increases.

However, a rookie cop could make as much as P40,000 a month, including allowances, Albayalde said.

“Siguro naman po ‘yan ay isang magandang motivation na para sa ating mga kapulisan na talagang ‘di na gagawa ng katiwalian o kung anumang kalokohan,” Albayalde told Super Radyo dzBB.

The base pay hike for cops, soldiers, and uniformed personnel will cost the government P64.2 billion in 2018.

Albayalde admitted there are errant cops among their ranks, but he claimed that the Philippine National Police leadership is “serious” in its “internal cleansing” drive, quoting PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa as saying there will be “no mercy” for cops engaged in wrongdoing.

Also, Albayalde claimed that 180 police officers have been dismissed from the service from the NCRPO alone, since President Duterte assumed the presidency in 2016.

Asked about the three generals Duterte is supposed to fire soon as announced by Malacañang, Albayalde has no information if the three are with the NCRPO.

Enraged by killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo by the police inside the premises of the PNP national headquarters in 2016, Duterte called the PNP “corrupt to the core.”

Duterte then ordered top cop Dela Rosa to conduct a thorough cleansing of the police organization.