No more golf for policemen

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has declared yesterday that all police officers and police personnel are now off limits to all golf courses, especially during office hours.

The ban on golf courses for police officials and personnel came as the PNP tries to rebuild its image tarnished by the Luneta hostage fiasco last August 23 and the allegations of “jueteng” pay-off among its top officials.

PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo issued the golfing ban following persistent reports that some of its officers and personnel are skipping work or leaving their offices to play golf even during office hours.

“I have observed that some PNP personnel take the liberty of leaving their respective offices at any time of the day to play golf, to the detriment of their duties and responsibilities,” Bacalzo said in a memorandum.

In the memorandum that were circulated to all PNP units and offices nationwide, Bacalzo reiterated his call for “Magandang Asal at Tamang Pagganap sa Tungkulin” to PNP officers and personnel.

“This does not bode well with our effort towards genuine transformation and does not contribute to building a positive image of the PNP,” Bacalzo said.

The PNP chief has also ordered all police officers and personnel to refrain from using the name of the PNP or any PNP unit when soliciting sponsorship to golf games or when hosting golf tournaments.

“What can be tolerated instead is the use of a person’s name in private capacity as tournament host or sponsor, without using the rank, title or designation in the PNP,” Bacalzo said.

The PNP chief added: “I realize the benefits that the sport imparts to our personnel who play golf as a form of exercise. Hence, to rationalize and balance these things, PNP personnel may play golf only on off-office hours, weekends or holidays.”

The PNP chief has tasked the Directorate for Intelligence and all Field Unit commanders to strictly monitor the compliance of all PNP Units and personnel to the directive. Anthony Vagas

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