Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte said doubling the salary of policemen will boost their morale and encourage the police to do their jobs better.
One of Duterte's campaign promises is to increase two-fold the current salaries of the 160,000-strong members of the police force.
Aside from boosting their morale, the increase, Duterte believes, would discourage the cops from engaging in corrupt activities.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is perceived as one of the most corrupt government agencies.
PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor thanked Duterte for his promise.
"Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa ating butihing Pangulo. Ang kaniyang tiwala at pagbibigay ng dagdag na sweldo para sa ating kapulisan ay malaking boost sa morale ng ating mga pulis para magtrabaho nang maayos," said Mayor in a press briefing at Camp Crame.
(We are thankful to the good President. His trust and the additional salary for our police is a big boost to their morale to do their job well.)
Mayor affirmed, however, that because of the increase, more would be expected from them.
"Kung binigyan tayo ng marami, marami rin dapat tayong i-produce. Sinasabing much is given, much is demanded," he said.
(If we are given more, we should also give more. It is said that when much is given, much is demanded.)
Mayor said the PNP should shape up and prove to the Filipino people that they deserve a higher pay. Their salary, after all, would come from the taxes that people pay.
The police spokesperson also gave a fair warning to unscrupulous cops, advising them to immediately leave the force.
"'Yung mga pulis na gagawa ng masama, tiwali, at labag sa batas ay dapat lamang mawala sa organisasyon, dahil nga tayo ay binigyan na ng maayos na benepisyo ay dapat lamang na mas maging maayos pa ang aming trabaho -- paglilingkod sa ating mamamayan," said Mayor.
(Those corrupt police members should leave the organization, because we will be given proper benefits we should also do our jobs properly -- to serve the people.)