POSTERS OF SEXY PIN-UP GIRLS BANNED FROM ALL POLICE STATIONS

Metro Manila, July 11, 2003 By Christina Mendez (Star) Posters of scantily clad or naked women and other materials deemed "pornographic" have been banned from all police stations nationwide, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said yesterday.

The new rule was issued after President Arroyo found such pictures — plus a few provocative VCDs — in a surprise inspection at a police station in Cubao, Quezon City last Saturday, PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Leopoldo Bataoil said over local radio station dzBB.

Police have until July 25 to remove all such "pornographic materials," he added.

He said authorities would be looking for such materials in a continuing inspection as part of the service’s "gender sensitivity program."

Posters of naked or barely clad movie sex starlets are popular fare in the country’s tabloids and magazines.

PNP chief Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. issued the order on the sexy photo ban following the presidential inspection that resulted in the sacking of Cubao police station commander Senior Superintendent Rosendo Franco.

Franco was ordered relieved by his immediate superior, Central Police District director Chief Superintendent Napoleon Castro.

Ebdane stressed the need for the PNP and its personnel to be gender-sensitive and adhere to moral standards as prescribed in the ethics and conduct of government employees.

Ebdane added the PNP should have the moral ascendancy to be able to earn the trust of the public in the fight against crimes.

Violation of the order would mean the filing of corresponding administrative sanctions and possible relief from posts, the PNP official said.

But when asked if the PNP will also issue a renewed call against womanizing police personnel, Ebdane said the PNP will investigate only if there are formal complaints filed before the proper forum.

The police chief pointed out that marriage is an act between husband and wife, and "it takes two to tango."

He said it’s better to first conduct a survey on how many are really involved in two-timing, "but definitely we will investigate when there are complaints."

Ebdane said neither would the PNP want to conduct a witch hunt, because then maybe all of society and not just the police force would be found at fault. — With AFP


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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