MANILA - The spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) denied that some top police officials have already received their Christmas bonuses even after Malacañang cancelled its announcement.
Speaking on ANC, PNP Spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos said those claiming to have received the bonus should show a receipt as proof.
"Whoever received the amount must be able to show the receipt and the purpose of that amount, if ever there are those who were already given [the bonus.] In the first place, where is that
supposed to be cash bonus coming from and what source. As of now, we don't have the source kaya po hindi identified," he said.
An Inquirer report said a police official admitted that they have already received cash bonuses worth at least P100,000 each on Monday.
Carlos denied the claim and even challenged the anonymous source to reveal himself.
"We really have to look into the claim of that officer, who is that officer, what he has signed, what he has received, before we claim that it came from the intended cash gift coming from the commander-in-chief," he said.
"Let us produce who received that amount," Carlos added.
PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa announced Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte had allocated P100,000 to P400,000 cash bonus for high-ranking police officials.
Malacañang, however, retracted its announcement on Tuesday, saying top cops will only receive a sack of rice each.
Dela Rosa's announcement of the cash gift for high-ranking policemen sparked questions about where Duterte sourced the funds and why the bonus would not cover cops below the star rank.
Abella on Tuesday morning said Malacañang was still seeking confirmation on where the President had sourced the now cancelled cash bonus.