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DILG To File Complaints Against Cops Accepting Gifts, Money From Public

DILG – DILG recently said on Tuesday that cops who will be caught accepting gifts or cash will be filed complaints.

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According to a post in Inquirer, Interior secretary Eduardo Año said on Tuesday that as a matter of policy, employees of the department, as well as police officers will be filed criminal and administrative complaints if they accept or receive gifts or money from the public they serve in lieu to their official roles.

This is the secretary’s reaction to what President Rodrigo Duterte said about accepting gifts from those who are grateful to the service of the policemen.

Año further pointed out the exception in the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act which says that “unsolicited gifts of small of insignificant value that are given as a token of gratitude is an exception to graft and corrupt practices.

As per the report, Año continues to encourage police officers not to accept gifts from the public since they are being paid via taxes.

He further reminded the fellow workers in the government, including the Philippine National Police (PNP) that they are fully paid via taxes, thus, it is a violation of the law to accept gifts in exchange for favors or as a form of bribe.

Año also confirmed that he return gifts sent by the local government officials and the public, saying that this has been his practice in his office.

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