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‘Makalumang kaisipan’: Tattoos not indicator of good moral conduct – Flores

Bukidnon Rep. Jonathan Keith Flores called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to change its mindset against tattoos.

Flores said he disagrees with the PNP’s policy prohibiting police officers and aspirants from having tattoos.

“Makalumang kaisipan na po iyang stereotyping na biased laban sa mga taong may tattoo. Hindi naka-base ang pananaw na iyan sa bagong realidad ngayong 21st century. Wala ring basehan sa batas. Tila ang Philippine National Police mismo ang kailangan ng bagong orientasyon,” Flores said.

“The PNP should not make tattoos a proxy or indirect indicator of ‘good moral conduct’ or of sound mind and body,” he added.

Flores noted that not having a tattoo is not part of the requirement for police officers under the Philippine National Police Act (RA 6975).

“In any enumeration stated in law, what is not included is excluded,” he stressed. “It can also be considered unconstitutional to discriminate in a way against people with tattoos because tattoos are symbols of expression of faith, love, and association.”

The lawmaker also stressed that tattoos have nothing to do with the competence and skills needed to become law enforcers.

“Therefore the ban on tattoos is irrelevant as a disqualification,” Flores asserted.

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