President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday discouraged policemen from marrying their fellow officers, as he raised concern that children would be left on their own since uniformed personnel could be assigned anywhere in the country.
Speaking at the joint graduation ceremony of the Philippine National Police public safety courses, President Duterte said women officers should be assigned nearest to their homes so they could look after their children.
“The wife must be—who is a policewoman, police officer—assigned as near as where the family home is. Because if not, the children will suffer. That’s why I have serious misgivings about this new batch of police officers who are married with their classmates,” Duterte said.
In his speech, Duterte also said he might return to teaching when his term ends on June 30, 2022, adding he could convey in a 30-minute lecture what criminal law is.
“In 30 minutes, in a very clear and concise language, I can convey to you what criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminal evidence is. Too bad, but anyway maybe in a few years, if I’m no longer President about two years from now, I could devote my time lecturing,” Duterte said.
The President said he wanted to give a lecture to the graduating police officers but did not have much time. He said he could have shared with them “a little knowledge” of his as a prosecutor.
Duterte told his audience that he used to teach at a police academy until he became mayor of Davao City in 1986.
He also asked police officers to perform their duty well and avoid getting involved in any irregularity, as he renewed his warning that those who engage in the illegal drug trade will die.
The President also said he would help officers facing charges in the performance of duty.
“All the police officers who had cases in the performance of duty, I chased and helped. You are safe with me...just give me the report. As long as you do not give me a false story, I will take care of the rest,” he said. MJ Blancaflor