-PNP chief admits that he accepts gifts during events but made it clear that it's only food he accepts
-This came after Senator Bato Dela Rosa admitted that he received gifts from generous benefactors
-While President Duterte said that policemen are free to do so
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde made it clear that he only accepts food as gifts during police events.
“Pagkain, of course... I’ll not be a hypocrite. Hindi ako ipokritong tao. Kumain din ako ng lechon,” Albayalde said.
“‘Yung pagkain, during anniversaries we all accept food, pagkain, mga lechon...,” he added.
Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte said that policemen are free to accept gifts from generous benefactors.
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While Senator Panfilo Lacson, also a former PNP chief, believes that this can start an "insatiable greed", according to a report by GMA News.
Meanwhile, Albayalde said during a press briefing on Tuesday that accepting gifts depend on the integrity of the person.
“Wala kasing sinabi ang batas kung ano ang puwedeng masabing maging siyang form of bribery of form of corruption,” he said.
“But there is that clause na sinasabi niya insignificant value. But the thing is hindi nga naka-define so this depend solely on the discretion and sound judgement of the person,” he added.
Albayalde also answered when asked what's the most expensive thing he had received during police duties.
“Pinakamahal na bagay na natanggap ko? Hindi ko na alam kasi most of my things ‘yung wife ko nagbibigay eh. Dahil ang hirap ‘pag ikaw ang bibili. It’s always my wife,” he said.
This came after former PNP chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa admitted that he accepted gifts from generous benefactors before.
In a previous report by KAMI, the PNP vowed to file charges to policemen who accept gifts in exchange of their service.
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