PNP: “We demand the owner of the concerned Facebook page to immediately take down this picture and issue a public apology”
PNP — On Wednesday, the Philippine National Police called out actor Mark Manicad for allegedly posting a photo of himself on social media in a police uniform while endorsing a presidential candidate.
The PNP said in a statement that the said post goes against its policy of being apolitical in every election and will continue to do so for the May 2022 national and local elections.
According to the PNP, they take offense in the unwarranted misrepresentation of the police organization for purposes of political mileage and propaganda.
“We demand the owner of the concerned Facebook page to immediately take down this picture and issue a public apology without prejudice to any legal action that the PNP may take,” the statement reads.
Manicad was first called out by the Police Regional Office 12 for the said post wherein the actor is seen wearing a police uniform alongside text content that expresses support to a presidential candidate.
The controversial post was deleted, but a new one bearing the same caption and a different photo — with Manicad wearing a pink polo shirt — was uploaded in a different photo album on February 21.
The Philippine National Police stressed that it has nothing to do with Manicad’s post and isn’t in the business of making any political statement nor meddling in campaign-related activities of certain political candidates.
“May this also serve as a stern warning to those who have the intention to malign the reputation of the PNP organization at the height of the election season,” the PNP said in a statement. “Rest assured that this incident won’t pass without holding those responsible accountable to their action.”
The actor appeared in some TV shows which include the popular TV series “Ang Probinsyano” — a television series that tells the story of a young and idealistic police officer.