Santo Domingo.- Senate vice president Dionis Sanchez on Thursday noted that after the government announced a raise in police salaries in the 2017 budget, sectors are now staging protests to demand the increase.
The lawmaker's statement come just one day after supporters of a wage increase for police officers staged the third protest in as many weeks, chanting that the RD$5,000 monthly wage for patrol agents is an "onion salary, which 'makes one want to cry just to look at it."
"Now when the government already has said it will make an increase to the police, that it is studying how to how, how it will be focused for those who are patrolling, or whether it will be generalized, then groups are making protests," he said.
"What we see here is a kind of 'I will now go out to ask this publicly, then say it was because of me that the salary increase was made," said the president of the bicameral commission that studied the budget.
Sanchez said "what the protests can usually create are problems, then they have to wait until the increase is announced, and to whom it is addressed."