PNP happily agrees with Duterte’s ”accept the bribe” statement and praised his ‘better wisdom’

I just recently published a blog article and a short commentary regarding Duterte’s recent statements about accepting bribes for simply doing uniformed public duty. And believe me – just as I expected. The PNP spokesman immediately submits to Duterte’s own wisdom, despite it to be in direct violation of draft laws in the country, most particularly the Republic Act 6713 which explicitly stated that

Public officials and employees shall NOT solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of their office”.

Did you notice the capitalize ”NOT” there which I wanted to emphasize that no matter if it were a ”gift” acquired for simply doing their sworn duty as public servants is already a violation of this rule. No other justifications can justify this except if the President directly tolerates graft and corruption as his public policy.

“We submit to the better wisdom of our lawyer-president that it is harmless to receive gifts so long as there is no element of corruption involved and no oppression or abuse of authority is committed — PNP spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac”

Although, Banac, however, said that there was no need for the public to offer the PNP gifts as police officers were just doing their jobs, and that they were salaried through Filipino taxes.

“But in many occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas, we find that food items are just delivered from anonymous senders and the grateful public,” the PNP spokesman explained.

“So instead of letting them get spoiled, we distribute them to the inmates in cells and the barangay tanods and volunteers.”

The PNP spokesperson also explained that police officers remained bound by rules of conduct.

However, this still does not justify Duterte’s encouragement to break the country’s laws as a ”Wisdom” since in the first place doing so would surely violate relevant anti-graft laws.

It is in an absolute fact ”Unwise” to accept gifts or bribes from people, whether through ”direct” or ”indirect” means as you would not only lose your job for it but it would put this practice will take precedence for even more police violence and ”Kotong” of unsuspecting powerless citizens.

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