Police chief sacked over drinking, gambling video

POLICE Regional Office 12 director Brig. Gen. Eliseo Rasco yesterday ordered the administrative relief of the chief of the Koronadal City Police Station amid a viral video which showed some personnel of the station engaged in drinking and gambling inside the headquarters.

Sacked was Lt. Col. Benjiel Kirby Bajo.

“This is part of the disciplinary actions taken by the PRO12 against  members of the Koronadal City Police Station who were shown on video allegedly drinking liquor and gambling inside their station,” Rasco said.

The PRO12 director has ordered the identification of the other police officers and men shown on the video and warned that they will also be facing administrative charges as soon as they are identified.

“I am reminding all my men to act properly at all times since their infractions will be dealt with accordingly,” the official said.

Rasco reminded his personnel to be fully aware of their responsibilities as officers and men of the national police force, thus the need for them to follow all instructions from the higher-ups.

Earlier, in consonance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order banning all PNP and Armed Forces personnel from drinking in public places, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde issued a warning to all PNP uniformed personnel nationwide not to go to nightclubs, beer gardens, karaoke bars, and pubs, also to include what he describes as establishments of ill-repute, illegal gambling dens and other places devoted to vices.

The PNP chief likewise reminded all police personnel to conduct themselves properly at all times and adhere to the rules and regulation of the organization in accordance with the PNP Ethical Doctrine and the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Standards.

Based on the PNP Ethical Doctrine, PNP uniformed personnel must adhere to high standards of morality and decency and shall set good examples at all times for others to follow. In no instance during their terms of office, 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.”

Rasco asked his men to refrain from committing unethical acts inside police officers, more than any places, “as this only dishonor the PNP organization and results in a loss of respect to police service.”

“Most often than not, every time there are issues like what had happened in Koronadal City Police Station, the public will not only discredit the involved personnel but the entire PNP organization of the misconduct exhibited by a few,” he said.