MANILA - Director General Ronald dela Rosa turned 56 on Sunday, wishing his men would be "kind, upright and efficient" as they enjoy higher salaries.
Dela Rosa, who is at the forefront of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, was given a 3-month term extension. Police and military officers are required under law to retire when they turn 56.
"Sana ngayon kayo makakita ng napakabait, napakatino at napakagaling na Philippine National Police," the PNP chief told reporters on Monday.
"Iyun ang pangarap ko talaga dahil napakataas ng suweldo namin di ba? Dapat taasan talaga namin ang standard," he added.
(I hope to see a kind, upright and efficient Philippine National Police. That is really my dream because our salary has increased, right? We should raise our standards as well.)
Anti-drug operations led by police should also be less bloody and "unquestionable," he said.
Dela Rosa is set to head the Bureau of Corrections after his retirement from the police force.