Cops still banned from casino, gambling joints

November 24, 2018

ALL officers and men of the Philippine National Police remain banned from entering casinos, gambling establishments and other places of ill-refute and those who will be caught in these areas will find themselves in trouble, PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Benigno B. Durana Jr. said yesterday.

According to Durana, PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has reiterated the policy which prohibits the presence of PNP personnel inside casinos and other gambling establishments and places of ill-refute, whether they are on duty or off-duty.

A number of police personnel have been slapped with administrative charges after being caught inside PAGCOR-run casinos or cockpit arenas by PNP counter-intelligence agents since the start of the Duterte presidency in July 2016.

According to Durana, as workers in government, “PNP personnel are governed by the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials under Republic Act 6719 that prescribe  a set norms that promote a high standard of ethics in public service.”

“Moreover, Presidential Decrees 1067-B and 1869, which created the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), forbids government officials, members of uniformed services, students and minors from gambling in casinos,” he said.             

Memorandum Circular 6, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in 2016, restated the ban, Durana added.