By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reminded its personnel to observe proper cyberspace etiquette when using social media platforms.
PNP Chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said that social media should not be used as a tool for conflict but as channels for proactive information and awareness activities aimed at communities.
“Social media platforms are excellent public information and collaboration tools as we are facing crisis today,” said Gamboa.
He explained that his reminder to use the social media wisely is in accordance with PNP policy on social networking sites where all police officers are expected to observe proper decorum.
Gamboa issued the statement a few days after the military also reminded its personnel to behave in the social media. The reminder came on the heels of active social media discussions involving the reported request made to the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines to buy five packs of medicine to be used for treating COVID-19 which is only available in China but is not cleared by the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration.
Currently, another topic being debated actively in the social media is the cease and desist order issued against the ABS-CBN, particularly when one of its talents started to speak up.
Coco Martin, who plays the lead role and a young police officer in the series Ang Probinsyano, recently posted on social media his views that were critical of the government’s shutdown order on ABS-CBN.
Netizens, including policemen and soldiers, begin to take sides on the issue.
Gamboa said that “all comments and opinions of individual personnel, associations and sectoral groups on matters that are not related to the organization’s activities are hereby disowned by the PNP as unofficial and unauthorized.”