Regalo o commendation? What people are saying about giving gifts to cops
MANILA - Instead of gifts, the public should instead give letters of commendations to policemen as a sign of gratitude.
On DZMM's Kabayan, a radio listener said citizens who want to thank police officers for a job well done should give commendations, which could lead to a promotion.
"Sa halip na magbigay ng regalo sa pulis, magbigay na lang ng commendation kasi ang commendation ay points 'yan sa promotion ng isang pulis," the text message read.
(Instead of giving gifts to policemen, they should give commendation because this will increase points for the promotion of a police officer.)
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier urged policemen to accept gifts as he does not think of these as bribery.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, however, warned that "insatiable greed starts with simple, petty graft."
"It could be more addicting than drugs. There is no detox, nor is there rehab facility available for addiction to money," he said on Twitter.
One listener said allowing policemen to accept gifts would make them expect a reward every time they help out an ordinary citizen.
"Kung di ka magbibigay ay tatamarin na sila magtrabaho," the message read.
(If you don't give them a reward it won't encourage them to do their job.)
"Marami nang hindi dudulog sa pulis kapag nauso ang regalo. Paano na ngayon 'yung walang baon pangregalo. Parang lumalabas na parang lagay na rin 'yan."
(Many people won't approach the police if gifts were allowed. What about those who does not have money for gifts? Giving gifts seems like bribery.)
The Philippine National Police said its personnel are duty-bound to follow the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.