MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Raul Bacalzo on Wednesday banned policemen from playing golf during office hours after personally witnessing some officers doing the act.

“I have observed that some PNP personnel take the liberty of leaving their respective offices at anytime of the day to play golf, to the detriment of their duties and responsibilities,” he said.

In a memorandum, Bacalzo told all PNP units and offices nationwide that the practice does not bode well to his goal of rebuilding the image of the PNP.

“Hence, to rationalize and balance these things, PNP personnel may play golf only on off-office hours, weekends or holidays,” he said.

The PNP chief also directed all police personnel to refrain from using the name of the PNP or any PNP unit when soliciting sponsorship to gold 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 pointed out. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)