- DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año rejected the proposal of lifting the tattoo prohibition in AFP and PNP
- He said policemen need to look ‘clean and dignified’
- PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also rejected the proposal
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Eduardo Año also thumbed down the proposal to lift the “no tattoo” rule for new recruits of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).
Año emphasized the need to maintain the dignified image of policemen. He was quoted by GMA saying that cops with tattoos are often associated with “thugs and law offenders.”
“Call it old school, but the police service should not only deliver excellent law enforcement service but should be comprised of men and women who acknowledge that they are role models to the people and the youth,” Año was quoted by GMA explaining the importance of policemen’s public image.
“We want our police to look dignified, wearing proper uniform, and with no tattoos,” he added.
He was also quoted by Sunstar explaining, “The Philippine National Police (PNP) as an organization enforcing the laws of the land must mirror an image worthy of the Filipino people’s, especially the youth’s trust and emulation, and policemen with tattoos do not register a clean and dignified image.”
PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana likewise both rejected the lifting of the tattoo prohibition in the police and military.