Long lost friend: "Pare kamusta ka na? Ano trabaho mo?"
Cop: "Ok lang ako bro. Nasa serbisyo ako."
But times had changed. Today, the yardstick of being magaling now is not the medals and awards. It is often the wealth that an officer accumulates--regardless of the source. This could be partly due to the influence of the new "values" of the society as reflected in the attitude of Senator Miriam Santiago--money is everything. Thus the attitudes toward service also changed. Whereas before, the source of extra money is the "pera sa lupa,"commanders turn their attention to an even bigger and and more accessible source: the organizational budget. Compared to the "pera sa lupa" where you have to work for through "OPLAN PAKILALA," the MOOE is there for the taking, arriving like the sunrise every morning.
The annual PNP budget is at around P50B (yes with a B as in billion). If only 10% of it is corrupted pocketed, that is a cool P5B a year. Not may companies and corporations in the Philippines can turn that kind of income annually. It has to be noted that the PDAF investigation showed that Napoles learned the ropes at the Armed Forces of the the Philippines, whose system is not very much different from the PNP. In the early years of the PNP, the "clearing system" was carried over from the AFP which is its predecessor. Before, the rate is at 5% but as the people concerned became more callous and the corruption became systematized and institutionalized, the clearing fee rose to as high as 30%.
Thus the Joneses nowadays are the comptrollers or the so-called R6 as they are most often the bitbit. It is now in the comptroller family that everyone wants to be in. This is very disturbing because the office does not give much chance for medals or spot promotions to personnel assigned thereat. Even more disturbing is the fact that the main funds in the office are government money intended for the organization including the Maintenance and Other Operating and Expenses illustrating a whole new shift in the values of the organization.
Making matters worse, whereas before, the Commander Joneses tried to be discreet about it, nowadays, the rank and file actually see the high roller living of their bosses who are often exposed committing shenanigans involving organizational funds. The WERFAST and the V-150 repair are two of the best illustrations of the top generals and their underlings surrounding them making money from the organization to the detriment of the rank and file. Especially the V-150 scandal, it is particularly disheartening for the patrolmen riding in dilapidated patrol cars or those who have to solicit from friends the maintenance of their vehicles only to know that the budget for repairs are just squandered and pocketed at the very top of the hierarchy.
This scandalous attitude of the Joneses is not lost to the rest of the force for everyone knows the pay and allowances of everybody. For how can any policeman explain an ostentatious display of wealth on this salary scale? http://pnp.gov.ph/nsu/fs/Checking%20Accounts%20Section.pd
Anyway, it is not far fetched to think that the rank and file believe that they have the tacit tolerance of the higher ups because the latter expects them to always have extra funds in their hands even without the support from above. This can be gleaned from that news story of in the Inquirer about La Loma cops trying to move on. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/637763/morale-down-la-loma-cops-try-to-move-on
In the olden times, no superior would ever say this. Instead, he would say, “You clean up La Loma and when you do, I will treat you to all the lechon you can eat!
See the difference?