EDBANE WARNS COPS VS SOLICITING GIFTS OR RAFFLE PRIZES FOR XMAS

MANILA, NOVEMBER 5, 2003  (BULLETIN) By Aris R. Ilagan - Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), warned police personnel yesterday against engaging in solicitation of gifts or raffle prizes for Christmas parties and selling tickets for other fund-raising events.

Ebdane said that police unit commanders should desist from engaging in any form of social charitable fund-raising activities for and during the coming Holiday season.

Ebdane issued the directive after he received reports that some police unit commanders pressured their subordinates to shoulder the costs of raffle tickets as part of fund-raising projects in time for Christmas season.

In return, these subordinate officers were reportedly forced to solicit from civilian friends and even spend their personal and office funds just to comply with the requirements of their superiors.

“Such practice does not augur well with our policy of strict adherence to ethical standards,” Ebdane said.

He reminded all police personnel of the provisions embodied in the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Standards which specifically prohibits solicitation of gifts, handouts, and contributions under any circumstances.

Ebdane added that some mandated functions of police units — inspection of security agencies, firearms dealers, explosive manufacturers, and other firms — may have to be suspended to avoid misinterpretations and preclude possible violation of the directive prohibiting solicitation of gifts.

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MANILA (DPA) — The Philippines’ police chief on Tuesday warned the public against unscrupulous policemen or civilians soliciting Christmas gifts and donations allegedly on behalf of the force.

Director General Hergomenes Ebdane also warned cops against asking for gifts and donations while they go about their work ahead of the holiday season.

“I have not authorised anybody to represent the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ask for Christmas gifts or money for whatever purposes,” he stressed.

“The public must immediately report policemen or even civilians claiming to be authorised by the PNP to solicit gifts or donations for the police organisation,” he added.

Ebdane said commanders would be held responsible for the actions of their men who might be subject of complaints.

He noted the early warning was aimed at avoiding instances in the past when policemen or their civilian cohorts engaged in extortion in the guise of soliciting Christmas gifts or donations.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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