MANILA (UPDATE) - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday morning summoned to his office police officers who criticized him on social media.
Out of the 20 police officers Albayalde summoned, only 11 appeared in his office. The PNP chief reminded them to use proper mechanisms to air their grievances.
Albayalde earlier threatened the officers with charges of insubordination after they complained about his spot inspections on the Facebook Page "Buhay Lespu."
The PNP chief earlier made random surprise inspections at police stations, firing those caught sleeping or drinking on the job.
"They can be charged [with] insubordination. When you are in an organization, especially in a uniformed organization, there are norms, policies, rules, and regulations you have to follow," Albayalde said.
Speaking to DZMM on Tuesday afternoon, Albayalde said he does not bar police officers from posting on social media but reminded them of the rules set for law enforcers.
"Alam naman po natin na 'pag ikaw ay nasa uniformed service talagang there are restrictions na kailangan mong sundin. Sabi ko sa kanila, kung gusto nila mag-post nang mag-post at i-practice ang kanilang freedom of speech eh di lumabas sila sa pagkapulis," he said.
(We all know that when you are in the uniformed service, there are restrictions you have to comply with. I told them, if they want to keep on posting and practice their freedom of speech, then get out of the police force.)
Albayalde said an investigation is underway and made the assurance that officers involved would be given due process.
-- with a report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News