By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar reminded all police personnel to remain apolitical even in their social media posts and refrain from campaigning for or against any political aspirant.
PGen Eleazar previously urged PNP personnel to avail of the extended voter registration so that they may exercise their right to suffrage.
But he pointed out, “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.”
PGen Eleazar 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,” the PNP Chief 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 explained.
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 PNP 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.
“Uulitin ko ang babala sa bawat pulis na huwag makisawsaw sa pulitika. Ang tanging dapat natin panigan ay ang bansa at ang taumbayan, hindi ang ilang personalidad, pulitiko o partido,” PGen Eleazar stressed. (ai/mtvn)