Police officers and men will have to find wholesome forms of entertainment if they want to rest and have some fun.
On Thursday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership ordered all police personnel to stay away from bars, clubs, casinos, cockpits and horse racing arenas.
The directive was issued by deputy director general Felipe Rojas, the deputy chief for administration, in the wake of allegations that PNP chief Alan Purisima has amassed unexplained wealth.
Purisima is facing plunder and graft charges at the Office of the Ombudsman.
Rojas noted that under Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, all government employees should live simply and within their means.
“In line with the proper decorum for public officials, all PNP personnel are hereby prohibited to engage in any form of gambling and drinking-spree in public places such as cockpit/horse racing arena, casinos, bars, clubs and other similar dens whether on or off duty,” he said.
“Public officials include elective and appointive officials and employees, permanent or temporary, whether in the career or non-career service, including military and police personnel, whether or not they receive compensation, regardless of amount,” Rojas added.
The police official said the PNP’s intelligence and investigation units will place clubs, restaurant, bars, casinos, cockpits and other dens of “ill-repute” under surveillance. Police personnel who will be seen in these places face criminal and administrative charges.
Rojas reminded police officers and men to lead modest lives and observe proper behavior and grooming.
“They shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form,” he said.