BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Feb. 21 (PIA) - Two policemen in the province were recently relieved from their post after they were caught violating the Philippine National Police's (PNP) 'No take Policy' and Campaign on Moral Integrity.
Police Senior Richard Saavedra, who refused to identify the violators, said the two policemen were caught inside a cockpit arena and betting while on off-duty.
"This is a warning and reminder to all our policemen whether on-duty or off-duty to refrain from going to entertainment areas and gambling spots. This is a violation of our 'No Take Policy'," he said.
Saavedra made a press conference yesterday to reiterate the directive and policy of the Chief PNP as part of their efforts to cleanse their ranks of 'scalawags' and misfits.
He said the two policemen are now in a holding area in PNP Regional Office in Tuguegarao City awaiting for administrative charges.
Saavedra said that the 'One Strike Policy' will also apply during a successful anti-gambling operations conducted by a non-organic unit or any other unit authorized by the Police Regional Office.
He further added that the 'No Take Policy' discourages policemen not to accept bribes and gifts from gambling lords and in all transactions inside the camp or police stations and even outside.
The Campaign on Moral Integrity also prohibits policemen in going to gambling and entertainment spots, among others.
The Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Team (IME) which oversees the compliance and offenses of the PNP's cleansing efforts keeps a tight watch over the activities of policemen in the province. (ALM/BME/PIA 2/Nueva Vizcaya)