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Gift giving okay, but not bribes: VG


For Negros Occidental Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, there is nothing wrong in giving gifts “by heart”.

But if it is a bribe to exact favors, that is another story, and should not be tolerated, Ferrer said, in response to the approval of President Rodrgo Duterte for policemen to accept gifts given out of generosity or gratitude.

Ferrer said he is more than willing to give vehicles to the Philippine National Police for use in tracking down criminals, campaign against illegal drugs and other peace and order related concerns.

If you are giving gifts by heart, you expect no return or repayment, he said.

Col. Romeo Baleros, Negros Occidental police director, yesterday said there is need for police personnel to check on the background of those who want to give them gifts, and raised the possibility that they could have originated from illegal activities.

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde earlier warned police officers from accepting gifts of considerable value in exchange for favors, as that is strictly prohibited, although he admitted that receiving token gifts given out of gratitude is sometimes unavoidable.

Ferrer, who used to be the chairperson of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety, is known among his former colleagues, local officials in Negros Occidental and his friends for his generosity.

When Ferrer was the mayor of La Carlota City, the city police force also enjoyed all out support from him in their anti-criminality campaign, as well as for the morale and welfare of the police personnel.*


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