• Policemen receive Christmas bonus

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    It’s Christmas in November for the 160, 000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) after the national headquarters released last November 17 their bonuses for this year, a female police finance officer said on Tuesday.

    Supt. Glyden Falco of the PNP finance service told reporters in a news briefing in Camp Crame–police headquarters in Quezon–that the bonuses had been deposited in the policemen’s respective accounts by Landbank of the Philippines (LBP).

    “Their [policemen]bonuses were already remitted by the Land Bank of the Philippines to their respective Automated Teller Machine [ATM] accounts last November 17,” Falco said.

    Director Danilo Pelisco, chief of the PNP Directorate for Comptrollership, said in a statement that the bonuses were already credited to the individual ATM accounts of all police personnel.

    Pelisco added that the bonuses were released by the PNP Finance Service to the different Police Regional Offices and National Support Units thru the Regional Finance Service Offices nationwide.

    The police official said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) earlier approved a P2.027-billion allotment for the year-end bonuses.

    The PNP chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez, said in the same statement that the year-end bonuses represent 50 percent of the 13th month pay and other cash benefits mandated by the law for all government workers.

    He added that the first tranche of this year’s 13th month pay was released by the PNP in May 2015.

    Policemen with pending administrative and criminal cases, however, will not be receiving their 13th month pay as a form of disciplinary measure, until such time that their cases are resolved.

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