AMID President Duterte’s order to bar policemen from bars, nightclubs and other houses of ill-repute, the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force has been asked to verify reports regarding some law enforcement officers owning and operating clubs-cum prostitution joints in Metro Manila themselves.
There were information that some law enforcement agents and middle-level officers have pooled their resources to operate ‘untouchable’ prostitution joints in the metropolis where rich clients can have sex with guest relations officers for a huge fee.
The PNP-CITF headed by Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. is verifying all kinds of information regarding law enforcers-turned maintainers of places of ill-repute in the metropolis and other parts of the country.
Upon instructions of President Duterte thru Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año on Wednesday, PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde reiterated anew existing rules and regulations prohibiting police personnel from bars, nightclubs and similar public drinking places and establishments.
Albayalde specifically declared nightclubs, beer gardens, karaoke bars, and pubs, as strictly off limits to all PNP personnel, including establishments of ill-repute, illegal gambling dens and other places devoted to vices.
“This is a specific directive of the Chief Executive, violation of which is tantamount to grave misconduct that is punishable by dismissal from the service,” Albayalde said.
The PNP chief reminded all personnel to conduct themselves properly at all times in keeping with the rules and regulations of the organization in accord with the PNP Ethical Doctrine and the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Standards.
The Chief PNP specifically cited Section 3.1 of the PNP Ethical Doctrine that provide, “PNP members shall adhere to high standards of morality and decency and shall set good examples for others to follow. In no instance during their terms of office, among other things, shall they be involved as owners, operators, managers or investors in any house of ill-repute or illegal gambling den or other places devoted to vices, nor they shall patronize such places unless on official duty, and tolerate operations of such establishments in their respective areas of responsibilities.”
PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Benigno B. Durana Jr. said that “the penalties for the commission of acts/practices in violation of the PNP Ethical Doctrine shall be in accordance with the Revised Penal Code, RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft Practices Act and other specials laws.” Alfred Dalizon
“For acts or omissions which merely require administrative sanctions, the applicable punishments as provided for the rules and regulations promulgated by the PNP, National Police Commission, Civil Service Commission and DILG shall be applied,” Durana added.