PNP reminds cops to avoid drinking in public

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reminded the police force to refrain from drinking in public upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde on Thursday said there are existing directives prohibiting policemen from going to bars and nightclubs.

"We are covered by the code of conduct, code of ethics as a government employee, as a public servant. But as I've said just the same nagpalabas pa rin kami ng (we have issued) reminders sa ating mga kapulisan (to our police) to avoid drinking in public," Albayalde said in a press briefing.

He said policemen could instead drink inside their camps, calling it a "controlled social activity."

"Secured na secured naman yan at alam naman nating kontrolin yan (That's secured and we know how to control it)," he said.

His statements come after Duterte on Tuesday ordered the police and military: "Do not drink in public," and "Do not enter into drinking places."

READ: Duterte to police, military: Do not drink in public  

Following Duterte's directive, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año urged the PNP to issue the necessary administrative circular to ban policemen from drinking in bars, nightclubs, and other private places. 

Albayalde, along with Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr. said they will strictly enforce existing measures.

"Lalo nating pinaiigting na masiguro na maipatupad yung kagustuhan ng ating Pangulo (We will strictly enforce this policy to ensure that we abide by the President's order)," Madrigal said.