No Christmas bonus from Duterte for top cops?

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Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 18) — A week before Christmas, high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have yet to get a word if they would be receiving a bonus from Malacañang this year.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday said the police force remains hopeful.

"How we wish. Wala e, as of this time wala pang balita (as of now there's no news of it)," Albayalde told reporters at the PNP's Christmas party in Camp Crame.

"Well, that's a Christmas wish siguro (maybe)," Albayalde added, laughing.

In 2016, then top cop Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa announced that officials would receive up to P400,000 from President Rodrigo Duterte, depending on their rank.

Dela Rosa later took the statement back after drawing flak, saying police officers would only be given sacks of rice.

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The supposed bonanza was controversial due to the bloody war on drugs then led by the police. Duterte tasked the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to take over the country's anti-drug operations amid alleged police abuses.