Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Tuesday that policemen and other personnel in the field should be warned against soliciting and receiving gifts, even as the holiday season approaches.
“Matagal na pong bawal yan pagso-solicit. Not only even probably with the PNP but I know pati yung mga ibang government agencies bawal po mag-solicit. That’s against the ethics of government employees,” said Albayalde in an interview during the 2nd National SWAT challenge, held on Tuesday in Davao City.
The PNP head warned that any police official or personnel caught engaging in Christmas solicitation would face severe sanctions. Presidential Decree 46 declares that PNP personnel are prohibited from participating in any kind of solicitation. Albayalde stressed that the appropriate actions and penalties will be imposed on any PNP personbel found violating this act.
Albayalde also clarified in his statement that policemen aren’t prohibited from participating in the Yuletide celebrations. Christmas parties are allowed, however the consumption of alcohol within the police station is not.
“Parties per se are not prohibited. What we prohibit inside the stations is drinking — it’s not right for the people to see them in drinking binges, especially complainants who come to the station. That’s really prohibited,” the PNP chief said.