MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Monday reminded all police officers in active duty to remain apolitical even in their social media posts and refrain from campaigning for or against any political aspirant.
“While I am encouraging all police personnel to exercise their right to suffrage as citizens, they must remain apolitical in carrying out their mandate as members of the PNP,” he said in a video message.
Eleazar also cautioned policemen from expressing their political leanings on social media as such would go against the organization’s non-partisan stance in politics.
“I am reminding all police personnel to be mindful of what they post on their social networking accounts and refrain from showing support for or campaigning against local or national political aspirants,” he said. “These may be personal accounts maintained by PNP personnel but anything posted in them would ultimately reflect on the organization and put to question our apolitical stance.”
He reminded police personnel of the existing PNP memorandum circular containing the guidelines and procedures on social media content, post and engagement utilizing social media accounts and individual accounts of PNP personnel.
The memorandum circular contains a prohibition on social media posts that would be inimical to the interest of the PNP as an organization and prescribes administrative sanctions on violators of the ban.
Meanwhile, Eleazar also reported that active cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the PNP has declined below the 2,000-mark for the past nine consecutive days.
This as the PNP Health Service noted a hike in recoveries among confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Eleazar agreed with experts’ opinion that the high vaccination rate among PNP personnel added to the police force’ resilience against Covid-19 by providing protection against Covid-19, and further preventing infections from developing into severe cases.
“The national vaccination program is indeed a game changer in the government’s Covid-19 response,” the PNP chief emphasized.
At present, the entire 222,000-strong PNP is 83.2 percent fully vaccinated, while 14.3 percent are still awaiting the second dose to complete the inoculation, Eleazar said.
As of Oct. 11, 2021, active Covid-19 cases in the PNP is at 1,292 with 103 new recoveries and only 40 new confirmed cases, down from 2,023 active cases on Oct. 1 and a high of 3,214 active cases on Sept. 17.
Of the 40,887 confirmed cases among PNP personnel, 39,474 have since recovered and have been restored to full duty status.
Eleazar, however, expressed grief over the death of 121 PNP front-liners due to Covid-19. (PNA)