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File: Policemen walk past Philippine National Police headquarters after taking part in the founding anniversary of the Philippine National Police celebration at Camp Crame, in Quezon city Metro Manila, Philippines February 6, 2017. ` Image Credit: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Manila: Three senior police officials in the Philippines were ordered relieved by National Police Chief Archie Francisco Gamboa after they were caught playing golf during office hours.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Artil, Lt. Col. Richard Bad-Ang, and Lt. Col. Glenn Mayam were ordered sacked from their current posts as officials in Central Visayas region for engaging in non-work related activities during weekdays (Monday-Friday).

“I have ordered their reassignment to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit at the National Headquarters while undergoing investigation for flagrant violation of a specific directive, an act that constitutes grave misconduct,” Gamboa, the newly designated Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said.

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Prior to being sacked, Artil had been the Central Visayas Police Regional Comptroller, while Bad-Ang headed the Central Visayas PNP finance service.

Mayam was chief of the Central Visayas police Drug Enforcement Group.

Gamboa said because of the incident, the three officials’ movement to higher posts could be affected.

He also said that the sacking of the three also serves as a warning to their immediate superior, Central Visayas Police Chief Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon to be on his toes.

“That was strike one for the central Visayas police director,” Gamboa said.