Ping: Police get salary from taxpayers but abuses still happen despite huge salary increases in PNP

Starting January 2019, when the salary increase of policemen takes effect in compliance with Joint Resolution No. 1, it bears watching if ‘kotong cops’ will disappear from the street corners and dark alleys and instead focus on their job of protecting and serving the people.

I have high hopes that it will materialize, since with all the benefits and unprecedented salary hike accorded to the military and uniformed personnel, thanks to the strong political will of President Rodrigo Duterte who almost singlehandedly pushed for the same, there is every reason for right-thinking police officers to love and secure their profession, not to mention to be motivated enough to show a debt of gratitude to their Commander-in-Chief who made an almost impossible legislation to pass.

Looking back, I can’t help but realize how we – starting from our cadetship in the Philippine Military Academy, all the way to retirement from the uniformed service, were fed, clothed, sheltered, and provided with all the logistical support and more – should have no reason whatsoever not to give back all we can, even our lives to government and the Filipino taxpayers who spent for all that we needed.

That is why it is deplorable, to say the least, when we hear of ranking military and police officers who abuse their positions, steal government funds, and even the meal allowances of their men.

SOURCE: On Abuses by Some PNP Personnel Amid Upcoming Hefty Pay Hike. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson. November 4, 2018. Ang tama, ipaglaban. Ang mali, labanan. | Official Site. https://pinglacson.net/2018/11/04/on-abuses-by-some-police-personnel-amid-upcoming-hefty-pay-hike/

Panfilo "Ping" Morena Lacson, Sr. is a Filipino politician who served in the Senate from 2001 to 2013 and again from 2016. He is a retired police officer who headed the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001.

SOURCE: Panfilo Lacson. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panfilo_Lacson
Senator: 2001 to 2013; 2016 to present
Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery, 2013 to 2015
Chief, Philippine National Police: Nov. 16, 1999 to Jan. 20, 2001
Chief, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force: June 26, 1998 to Jan. 21, 2001
Project Officer, Special Project Alpha: 1996 to April 1997
Chief, Task Force Habagat, PACC: 1992 to 1995
Provincial Director, Laguna, PC: February to July, 1992
Commander, Cebu Metrodiscom: 1989 to 1992
Provincial Commander, Isabela PC: 1988 to 1989
PC-INP Anti Carnapping Task Force: 1986 to 1988
Metrocom Intelligence and Security Group: 1971 to 1986

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SOURCE: Senator Panfilo "Ping" M. Lacson. https://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/lacson_resume.asp

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