Metro Manila cops not allowed to play golf at all

Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

POLICEMEN in Metro Manila are not allowed to play golf at all, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Debold Sinas said on Friday, January 24.

Sinas said he wants the men under him to focus on the maintenance of peace and order in the metro.

“The instruction of the CPNP (Chief Philippine National Police), banning the play of golf ng weekdays. Ang NCRPO naman the whole week wala pong pwedeng maglaro ng golf para maka-focus po sa trabaho to maintain peace and order sa NCR,” he said.

He warned those who will be caught playing golf that they will be slapped with administrative charges which could lead to their removal from the service.

Sinas urged the public to take a photo of a policeman playing golf and immediately report to their hotline.

“I’d like to encourage the public na kung makita kayong pulis na naglalaro o pumasok ng mga golf courses anytime at may dalang golf bag at kilala nyong pulis, picture-ran nyo lang po at ipadala nyo lang sa mga hotlines namin at siguradong aaksyunan namin yun,” he said.

On Thursday, PNP Chief Archie Francisco Gamboa announced the relief of Police Colonel Dennis Artil, chief comptroller of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7); Police Lieutenant Colonel Richard Bad-Ang, chief of the finance service of PRO-7; and Police Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Mayam, director of the Central Visayas Drug Enforcement Group (DEG).

Sinas, who served as Central Visayas police chief prior to assuming as NCRPO director, said he received information that Artil and Mayam were golf players who join tournaments but cannot play under his watch due to his strict monitoring.

“Ang ginagawa ko, may listahan na ako ng mga naglalaro ng golf... ‘Yung listahan na yan, yan ang hinahanap ko nasaan kaya si ganito sa ganitong oras, sabihin naman sir andito ko, so sabi ko send pictures kung nasaan ka,” he said. (SunStar Philippines)