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.
Former Philippine National Police chief and now Senator Panfilo Lacson received support for his efforts to increase the benefits and pension for active and retired uniformed personnel from fellow former PNP chief Edgardo Aglipay. Lacson led the PNP from 1999 to 2001, while Aglipay served as PNP chief from 2004 to 2005. Both are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1971.
Families or beneficiaries of police and military personnel, jail officers and firefighters killed or incapacitated in the line of duty may soon avail of special financial assistance from government, through a bill filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.
Lacson, who headed the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001, said his proposed measure defines the sources of funds for the benefits available to beneficiaries of the uniformed service personnel.
“It is high time that we provide the much-needed boost to our police personnel by showing our concern amidst the challenging role they play in our present society. One way of showing our concern is by giving support to the educational benefits of qualified dependents of police personnel. Certainly, this will help alleviate the economic condition of our personnel. While we are quick to condemn the scalawags in uniform, we must also be fast to reward the deserving,” he said in Senate Bill 260.
Mas klarong tulong ang makakamit ng mga kamag-anak ng mga pulis, bumbero at jail guard na napapatay o napapahamak habang gumaganap sa tungkulin, sa panukalang batas na isinusulong ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Panfilo Lacson.
Sa Senate Bill 260, ipinaliwanag ni Lacson na hindi matatawaran ang serbisyo ng mga matinong pulis kung kaya’t dapat lamang umanong mabenipisyuhan nang higit na maayos ang mga kaanak ng mga ito sakaling mamatay o maging imbalido habang tumutupad sa tungkulin.
“It is high time that we provide the much-needed boost to our police personnel by showing our concern amidst the challenging role they play in our present society. One way of showing our concern is by giving support to the educational benefits of qualified dependents of police personnel,” paliwanag ni Lacson sa kanyang panukala.