MANILA—The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday denied allegations that some of its officials and active personnel participate in small-town lottery (STL) operations.
“Du’n po sa mga retired po ’yun, sa active there is no way our police officials would be involved in these operations of STL," said PNP Spokesperson Police Brig.-Gen. Bernard Banac.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he sees nothing wrong with police generals operating legitimate STLs.
He, however, said that in the name of "delicadeza," police officials should ask to be reassigned to other areas where they do not operate STL franchises.
Participation of active PNP personnel in the STLs violates proper conduct of public officials, Banac told ABS-CBN News.
“For those retired police officials, since they are outside of the jurisdiction of the PNP, we have no control over them. The President was referring to retired police officials, maybe. So far as the active PNP personnel and active PNP officials, there is no one, nobody is involved in the operations of STL,” Banac said.
Duterte had said that he still studying the lifting of the suspension of STL operations, as he is fearful of its consequences if he bans it permanently, adding it could create a demand for illegal drugs.
“Now that STL is suspended or canceled, we remain alert and vigilant for any possible resurgence of illegal numbers game and ’yung mga public na affected might resort to another form of illegal numbers game,” Banac said.
Banac also stressed that part of the PNP's internal cleansing efforts is their no-gift policy.
The public does not need to give gifts to PNP personnel and officials, in exchange for the PNP’s services; birthdays and Christmas celebrations are exemptions, according to Banac.
“Kung saan ’yung gifts talaga pinapadala na lang ng ating kababayan as a form of their gratitude and appreciation of the services, those are exemptions talaga without asking, out of customs and traditions of the people,” he said.