Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada on Friday gave out P20,000 cash to each of the 3,700 members of the Manila Police District (MPD) as Christmas gift.
The reelectionist former action star explained that the P20,00 is the sum total of the P2,500 monthly allowance that his administration has not released for the past eight months.
“As I have said before, I have always believed that peace and order is key to the progress of a city, and of a nation. If there is no peace and order, there is no progress that will happen. Period,” he said.
The P20,000 cash gift is part of the P152 million the city government has released since 2013.
“I have decided to give you your allowance despite strong opposition from City Hall employees. They say I am playing favorites. The reason is simple: Your life is in danger everyday,” Estrada said.
Also on Friday, the former president of the Philippines led the inauguration of the newly renovated MPD Headquarters and the turnover of 29 patrol cars, 14 of which were funded by the city government and the rest by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).
Early this year, 12 patrol cars were donated by Binondo-based Filipino-Chinese.
A total of 110 electric personal transporters or Segways were also donated by the city government.
“We expect that you will be faithful to your tasks. Respond immediately to calls for help,” he said.
“We expect you to conduct yourselves with dignity, and to set a good example to all, especially to our youth,” Estrada added.
Estrada said he is aware of the fact that MPD has regained its crown as “Manila” Finest.
“With continued hard work and dedication, and under the able leadership of Chief Supt. Rolando Nana, I am confident that the MPD will continue to receive awards and accolades for its sterling accomplishments,” the Manila mayor said.