Soliciting is corruption, Digal tells policemen-A A +A
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
POLICEMEN can have fun this Christmas season, as long as they don’t solicit cash or food from politicians and private individuals, said two top police officials.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Ager Ontog said violators will be investigated and possibly be relieved from service.
Soliciting is corruption, said Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Erson Digal.
Digal said police officers can be charged with corruption at the ombudsman if they are caught committing such acts.
He said he will issue an order to all the towns’ police chiefs not to solicit or accept cash.
“I urge our police officers in the entire province to not accept any cash or gift from certain individuals,” he told reporters yesterday.
But Digal said policemen may accept gifts from immediate family and relatives.
Ontog and Digal urged the public to file a complaint against any police officer they catch soliciting.
The PRO 7 will host a simple party for its personnel, Ontog said.
Digal, for his part, said there is nothing wrong with policemen having a party as long as it is not “lavish.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 17, 2010.