Año orders PNP to is­sue memo ban­ning cops to drink in pub­lic

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LO­CAL Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Año or­dered the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) lead­er­ship to is­sue a mem­o­ran­dum that will ban the po­lice­men from drink­ing in bars, night­clubs and pub­lic places.

“Si Pres­i­dente na mismo ang nagsabi na bawal na umi­nom ang mga po­lice sa mga bar, pub at mga kalsada. Ka­suhan ninyo agad ang sinu­mang lal­abag dito,” he said.

(Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte him­self said that po­lice­men are not al­lowed to drink in pub­lic places like bars, pubs and road­side. File charges against vi­o­la­tors.)

Año was re­fer­ring to the warn­ing made by Duterte dur­ing a De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) event in Pasay

City on Tues­day, Jan­uary 8, to po­lice­men and sol­diers against drink­ing in pub­lic places.

Duterte said cops and sol­diers usu­ally get into a fight over a mi­cro­phone.

He said that he once beat a drunk soldier and a po­lice­man in­side a hos­pi­tal in Davao af­ter shoot­ing each other.

“Kay­ong mga pulis, I’m warn­ing you, do not drink in pub­lic. Sa Davao pinag­bawalan ko yan pati ngayon. All over the Philip­pines. Do not en­ter into drink­ing places. Kasi wala kay­ong gawin pag-las­ing na, kayo ang tigas. Pati Army. Wag na mag­dala ng baril,” Duterte said.

(To the po­lice­men, I’m warn­ing you, do not drink in pub­lic. I pro­hib­ited it in Davao, and now, all over the Philip­pines. Do not en­ter into drink­ing places be­cause when you’re al­ready drunk, you be­come hard-headed. Do not bring your guns.)

“Kasi itong Army pati itong pulis, isa rin itong.. Mag-agawan ng mi­cro­phone, ‘My way...’ Sabi na­man ni­tong pulis na g***, ‘Hoy, tama na kayo diyan, p ***** i**, yabag ka diyan.’ [‘Yung isa na­man], ‘Ano sin­abi mo?’ Mag­bar­i­lan na ang p ***** i**, g***,” he said.

(Be­cause the Army and the po­lice per­son­nel fight over mi­cro­phone. ‘My way...’ The stupid po­lice­man will then say, ‘Hey, enough al­ready, son of a b **** .’ [The one will re­spond], ‘What did you say?’ So the two son of a b **** , stupid will shoot each other.)

Año said he ex­pects the se­nior of­fi­cials of the PNP, from Po­lice Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde down to all chiefs of po­lice in all cities and towns, to lead by ex­am­ple so that their men will fol­low.

But he said the po­lice can in­stead opt to drink al­co­holic bev­er­ages in the con­fines of their homes or pri­vate house­holds so as not to taint the im­age of the PNP.

“Pres­i­dent Duterte is right, peo­ple lose their re­spect and trust in po­lice­men and the en­tire PNP as an or­ga­ni­za­tion when they see drunken po­lice­men in pub­lic,” he said.

“Nakakahiya at masag­wang makita na may mga pulis na nag-iinu­man sa pub­liko (It’s not good to see po­lice­men drink­ing in pub­lic places). The job of the po­lice re­quires the re­spect of the peo­ple, there­fore they must do what it takes to gain and main­tain pub­lic trust,” he added.

Año said cops who may be caught vi­o­lat­ing the or­der may face ad­min­is­tra­tive charges for dere­lic­tion of duty, in­sub­or­di­na­tion and gross ne­glect of duty./sun­star Philip­pines

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