MANILA- Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Wednesday reminded the country's top cop that while the Senate finds fault in the police force, it also finds funds for it.
Recto's statement comes after Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa called critics of the administration's war on drugs as "ingrates" who are otherwise enjoying benefits of the country's supposedly lower crime rate.
The Senate has many times investigated alleged cases of police abuse in the drug war.
"The Senate may find fault in the PNP, but it also finds funding for them. And the Senate helps the police when it does both," Recto said in a statement.
"Far from ingrates, the Senate has expressed its support to the PNP by not only approving, year in and year out, a higher budget for the PNP, but adds more to what it requests—such as this year, when it unilaterally and unanimously added P5.63 billion to its budget for new equipment," he added.
The senate is currently undertaking deliberations on the proposed 2018 national budget.
Recto said that while the Senate has been tough in investigating extrajudicial killings involving some members of the force, the PNP should not forget that the lawmaking body also provides extra funding for them.
He cited the proposed P19.9-billion increase in the PNP budget next year, from this year's P111.6 billion to P131.5 billion.
The additional budget will enable the PNP to hire around 10,000 more cops, construct nearly 100 more police stations, and acquire billions of pesos worth of equipment under its Capacity Enhancement Program, Recto said.
"In short, the Senate’s “Thank You” card to the policemen is in the form of appropriations with additional zeros. This is not, however, an act of grace by the Senate, but something we believe our policemen rightfully deserve," he said.
"So when the Senate calls out the PNP for the excesses committed by its members, then it is only doing its duty to ensure that not only are laws followed by the protectors of the people, but that they are spending the taxpayer’s money properly," he added.