PNP reminds state workers: Stay away from gambling places

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reminded anew government employees regarding a memorandum circular prohibiting government personnel from entering, staying or playing at gambling casinos.

This comes after authorities apprehended a policeman Tuesday after he got into an altercation while playing baccarat in a casino-hotel in Pasay.

PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. John Bulalacao confirmed that a lifestyle check is presently being conducted by the PNP Internal Affairs Service on Supt. Adrian Antonio, 35, and presently residing at Unit 05, Condo 11, Castaneda Street, Camp Crame.

Also seized from Antonio were casino chips worth PHP 600,000.

He faces criminal charges of disobedience and for violating Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

In Memorandum Circular No. 6 dated Sept. 20, 2016, the Office of the President directed all government officials and employees to strictly observe and comply with the prohibition against going to gambling places, citing “its negative effect on the public perception of government service as a whole,”

“Mere entry or presence of government officials and employees in a gambling casino shall be considered as conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service,” the said directive ordered.

Director Oscar Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said Antonio is presently under custody of the Southern Police District.

Albayalde said that their surveillance showed Antonio is a regular visitor of the said casino.

Kung talagang may papasok, zero tolerance tayo dito. Ito ay kautusan ng ating Pangulo at i-implement natin ito (We will have zero tolerance for state workers entering casinos. This is the President’s order and we will implement it),” Albayalde said.

The NCRPO chief also said they already coordinated with the security personnel of various casinos in Metro Manila and deployed policemen in these areas.

“If you are in the government service you are public servant, there are certain restrictions. Remember kapag nasa gobyerno ka kailangan sumunod ka sa (when you are government, you have to abide by the) policies, rules and regulations that governs a government employee so kung hindi ka makasunod, mag-resign ka sa (if you cannot follow, you must resign from) government service, ganun lang kasimple yun(as simple as that),” he added.

For his part, PNP Director for Operations Camilo Pancratius Cascolan said Antonio, a member of the PNPA Class of 2006, is a hardworking policeman and was in charge of administrative functions in the PNP Operations office has not showed any hints about his gambling habits.

“Let this serve as a reminder and warning to everybody that the leadership of the PNP will never tolerate (disobedience) especially with the directives of our President Rodrigo Duterte. At the same time, all unit leaders are strictly implementing what we call internal cleansing also. Yung internal cleansing kasi hindi lang naman sa mga crimes, pati mga lahat ng kailangan bantayan ng ating kapulisan lalo na sa ating organization ginagawa natin (internal cleansing is not about crimes only. It involves all acts of the police officers who belong to our organization),” Cascolan said. Benjamin Pulta/