MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday reminded police officers that they are prohibited from drinking in bars, nightclubs, and other similar places.
"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," he said in a statement.
Albayalde issued the warning after President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered all law enforcers to refrain from drinking in public places.
The PNP chief said police officers must conduct themselves properly in accordance to the PNP Ethical Doctrine and Republic Act (RA) 6713 or Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Section 3.1 of the PNP Ethical Doctrine states that "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."
Police officers found drinking in the aforementioned establishments will face administrative and criminal complaints, PNP spokesperson Benigno Durana Jr. said.
Last year, the President also warned the police to stay away from casinos, saying it is teeming with usurers and kidnappers.