P-Noy vetoes bill to remove height requirement for cops

ABS-CBNNews’ Willard Cheng (via ABS-CBNNews.com) reports that "President Benigno Aquino III has vetoed Senate Bill 3217 and House Bill 6203 that repeal the height requirements for applicants to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)."

ABS-CBNNews’ Willard Cheng (via ABS-CBNNews.com) reports that "President Benigno Aquino III has vetoed Senate Bill 3217 and House Bill 6203 that repeal the height requirements for applicants to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)."

 

According to the report, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte read the President’s veto message, which was submitted to Congress. "The president also cited his apprehension of the concerns propounded by the PNP and the BJMP on the safety of their personnel in the performance of their duties as well as the public safety in general as raised by some quarters. Because of the nature of the work of these service bureaus, by way of guarding detainees or escorting criminals, our jail officers must possess the necessary physical attributes to perform their functions effectively. This also applies to our firefighters and to our law enforcers," Valte explained.

 

The report further noted: "The Palace says the veto should not be seen as discrimination against those who fall short of the height requirement, believing that a certain height requirement is needed given the nature of the jobs concerned. Male applicants to the abovementioned service bureaus are currently required to be at least 5’4" in height, and females, 5’2.""

 

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