MANILA, Philippines — The management of the Philippine National Police- Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (PNP-SOSIA) issued a memo last November 5 prohibiting its personnel from soliciting donations this holiday season.
This was after the agency’s chief received complaints about individuals who were posing as SOSIA personnel and asking stakeholders to donate for their holiday parties. Stakeholders of SOSIA include security agencies and training centers.
SOSIA Enforcement Management Division Chief PSupt. Jaime Santos warned of conducting entrapment operations against poseurs who are soliciting cash and goods purportedly for the SOSIA party raffle.
“Pag naaktuhan na nagso-solicit or may sumbong sa local police ay aarestuhin po yan. Magkakaroon po ng entrapment at kakasuhan po sila ng, una, illegal use of uniform kung naka uniform sila ng pulis at kunwari nilang ipinatutupad ang kanilang tungkulin bilang pekeng pulis ay gagawan sila ng kasong usurpation of authority, “Santos said.
He added that SOSIA Chief PCSupt. Reczon Acabado has never ordered the agency’s personnel to solicit anything for their parties.
“Yung aming chief sa SOSIA ay masyadong mahigpit pagdating sa ganyan. Ayaw niya ng ganyan. Kapag napatunayan na ang aming kasamahan ay involved sa panghihingi ng pera ay pinaiimbestigahan niya kaagad yan at gusto niya kaagad ipasuspendi at ipa dismiss,” Santos said.
He also reminded his fellow policemen not to use their position to solicit gifts this holiday season.
“Huwag po nating abusuhin yung ating serbisyo at yung kautusan ay ating sundin na hindi tayo dapat mag solicit otherwise napaka higpit po ng pamunuan. Yung pinaghirapan mo na serbisyo mo pag nahuli ka at napatunayan ay sandali lang na maaalis ka sa serbisyo,” Santos said.
He added that SOSIA personnel always wear an ID and carry a letter order from SOSIA stating the purpose of their visit every time they go to a security agency, mall, bank, hotel and other establishments to conduct inspections. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue