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MANILA, Philippines -- National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina has banned the use of blue patrol polo shirts for personnel in Metro Manila, noting how these are easily copied and used by criminals.
PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said that instead of the polo shirts marked "Pulis," police personnel in Metro Manila are now required to wear their general office attire and bull caps.
"The blue patrol shirts with collar are easily copied by criminal elements, unlike the GOA uniforms, which are harder to copy because the manufacture of these is regulated," Cerbo said.
Espina issued the directive after a recent incident in Metro Manila in which carjackers wore the police polo shirts.
Aside from this, Espina also directed 24-hour patrols throughout the metropolis in response to a recent crime wave.
He warned station commanders they will be relieved if they fail to respond to reports of high-profile crimes such as murder, kidnapping and carjacking.