POLO Singapore warns OFWs of heavy penalties for ‘moonlighting’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 20, 2019   •   5075

SINGAPORE – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office reminds overseas Filipino workers (OFW) of the city state’s tough law against ‘moonlighting’.

“Foreign employees holding a Work Permit or S Pass are completely barred from moonlighting,” the POLO-SG warned on Thursday (June 20) on its official Facebook page.

“The Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Passes) Regulations 2012 prohibits holders of a Work Permit (including foreign domestic workers) or S Pass, from being employed by or contracted to any other person or business (apart from the employer stated in the Work Permit/S Pass) to do work for that person or business,” the agency added.

‘Moonlighting’ refers to a situation where a foreign worker additionally holds a part-time job or working as a freelancer to earn extra income aside from having a full-time job in Singapore.

Singapore is known for its cleanliness, discipline, and heavy penalties even for ‘petty’ crimes.

If caught moonlighting, a foreign worker could be fined up to S$20,000 (P760,000) or jailed.

PNP warns dismissal against ‘moonlighting’ cops

Marje Pelayo   •   February 14, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Cops illegally escorting politicians will face charges from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS).

Based on PNP and Comelec policies, a politician is entitled to two police escorts only, so as not to be suspected of having a private army that can sow terror among the public and rival candidates.

“To give color na wala silang PAGs (private armed groups) ay mga pulis ang kanilang ginagamit. Kapag mag-request ka ay dalawa lang,” PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said.

“(Mayroon) hihingi itong kandidato sa isang munisipyo sa mayor ng dalawa. (Tapos) hihingi pa sa ibang munisipyo ng dalawa. Iyong isa naming namonitor ay 16 lampas pa ang lagi niyang kasama kahit siya’y namamalengke. So meron pa rin syang private armed group na puro naman mga pulis,” he added.

In line with this, Triambulo said they are conducting spot inspections in different regions across the country especially in areas with intense political rivalry and rampant vote buying.

“So para maging neutral at non-partisan ang ating mga kapulisan, kami’y naglulunsad ngayon ng intelligence activities at conduct ng spot inspection na ang pulis ay nasa kanilang mga unit nagbabantay,” the official said.

Triambulo warned police who will be caught ‘moonlighting’ and practicing partisan politics may be dismissed from service.

“Kapag ikaw ay naging bodyguard ng isang pulitiko na hindi otorisado, ito po ay grave misconduct,” he stressed.

“Ang kaparusahan niyan ay dismissal from the service,” he warned.

Since the start of the campaign period, a total of 16 cops in Region 9 or Zamboanga Peninsula have been relieved due to ‘moonlighting’.

According to Triambulo, the said cops were caught illegally servicing the mayor of Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte.

It was earlier revealed by Police Regional Office 9 Director PCSupt. Emmanuel Licup that it was not the first time that he relieved the chief of police and some members of the Sindangan Police Office over to repeated moonlighting cases. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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