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Long-standing order: Troops cannot go to ‘disreputable areas’

Members of the military are prohibited from visiting disreputable areas and this has been a long-standing order among active-duty personnel, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato.

“Since a long time ago, when I entered the Army in 1990, there is a standing rule that soldiers cannot enter houses of ill refute and casinos and other gambling areas,” Detoyato said on Thursday.

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct themselves professionally in public. In line with this, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the PNP to issue the necessary administrative circular that would ban the police from drinking in bars, nightclubs and public places.

Año said he agrees with President Duterte, who pointed out the people lose their respect and trust in policemen and the entire PNP as an organization when they see cops who are drunk in public.

“The President himself said the police are prohibited from drinking inside bars, pubs and on the street. Charge violators immediately,” Año said in a statement on Wednesday.

He added he expects the PNP’s senior officials – from Director General Oscar Albayalde down to all chiefs of police in all cities and towns – to lead by example so that their men will follow.#