By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) reminded on Friday street cops to ignore name-droppers or those who flash calling cards of high-ranking police and government officials just to get out of tight situations, including simple traffic violations.
Police Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, PNP officer-in-charge, issued the directive to all police regional directors and other support units as he emphasized that policemen tend to get easily intimidated when accosting lawbreakers who are fond of flashing calling cards of “friends in high places.”
If cops allow law breakers to get away due to their connections, Gamboa warned that the lawmen will instead be the ones who get the punishment.
“We will no longer tolerate this. Anyone who will not enforce the law just because somebody tells them that he is a friend of some government big shot will be charged administratively for negligence,” Gamboa said.
“Bawal na ang mga nagpapasindak sa mga nagpapakita ng mga calling card (We will not tolerate those who easily get intimidated by law breakers who show calling cards [for connections]),” he added.
The PNP official noted that during the Holiday season, motorists tend to break traffic rules just to get ahead of others in the gridlock, thinking that they could always easily get away from any responsibility by using their connections when apprehended.
Traffic policemen should also strictly prohibit the use of sirens and blinkers for private individuals or even government officials who are not authorized by law to use the emergency contraptions, Gamboa stated.
“Lalo ngayong Pasko napakaraming pasaway. Kailangan lahat sumunod at kailangan lahat pantay-pantay (There’s so many law breakers especially during the Christmas season. We should follow [the law] and everybody should be equal),” he said.
“We cannot eliminate corruption if we cannot even address this palakasan system even on simple traffic violations,” he concluded.