- PNP officials including chief “Bato” said that Police officers with tattoos can no longer donate blood
- According to the Philippine Red Cross, a person who is ‘inked’ can still donate blood “as long as the tattooing procedure was done in a sterile manner; he/she may donate blood one year after the procedure.”
Executive director of the Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) Police Chief Superintendent Elpidio Gabriel, Jr., argued that inked people cannot be blood donors.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) official said on Tuesday that the “no tattoo” rule for potential recruits of the military and police is not only for “good grooming” but also for “life-saving”, as the national police reiterates its stance against the lifting of the tattoo ban on recruits.
“Ang disadvantages kasi dun sa mga may tattoo, by medical advice hindi na sila pwedeng mag-donate ng blood so ‘yung mga elements namin na napalaban syempre pagka kailangan nila ng dugo ang una naming hihingian mga elements din namin,” Gabriel explained.
[The disadvatages for those who have tattoos, by medical advice, they can no longer donate blood… our wounded cops who need blood seek help first from other elements of the PNP.]
However, according to the Philippine Red Cross website, a person who is ‘inked’ can still donate blood “as long as the tattooing procedure was done in a sterile manner, he/she may donate blood one year after the procedure.”
This rule also goes with ear piercing, acupuncture, and other procedures involving needles, Red Cross added.
Following Supt. Gabriel’s explanation, PNP chief “Bato” Dela Rosa said in jest: “Tanggalin na natin ‘yung rason na binigay ko, ‘yung good grooming, life-saving na lang tayo, mas mabigat ‘yung rason na ‘yun.”
[Let us just disregard the other reason I’ve said, good grooming; just go with life-saving, which is more important.]
“Hindi na sila p’wedeng makapag-donate ng dugo ‘pag may tattoo,” Bato added. [They can no longer donate blood if they have a tattoo.]
Bato earlier said in a press briefing that he is against tattooed police recruits.