By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) issued a stern warning to all police officers to steer clear of casinos or face dismissal from the service.
PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa issued the warning during the ceremonial posting of warning signage held at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City.
“The President wants to fulfill his promise to fight corruption. Kasi ‘yung gambling ay related to corruption. Magkano lang ba sweldo ng government employee o pulis tapos ma-involve pa sa gambling? Meaning they have to look for other sources na pwede kunin sa government fund o corruption (Because gambling can be related to corruption. How much does a police officer earn? And then he will get into. It’s likely they will turn to corrupt practices to fund the habit),” he said.
“So sino man mag-insist na maglaro sa casino na mga pulis, bye bye. I-dismiss ko kayo. Kahit sabihin niyo na mayaman kayo, gawin mo ‘yan basta umalis ka sa serbisyo (So, any police officer who insits on entering and playing in a casino, It’s bye bye for you, I will have you dismissed),” he added.
Dela Rosa stated that with the strict implementation of the policy, they are also hoping to address the increasing number of kidnap-for-ransom cases involving foreign syndicates.