Acosta wants stop on sale of PNP, AFP uniforms to public

COUNCILOR Mabel Sunga-Acosta has warned tailor shops and retailers against selling military fatigue, camouflage uniforms and other similar uniforms to non-authorized personnel.

“I would like to appeal to the tailoring shops as you are not allowed to make uniforms especially official uniforms of peacekeeping forces without accreditation,” Acosta, chair of the committee chair of the peace and order and public safety, said.

She said even if these tailor shops are accredited to produce official uniforms, they can still be charged for distributing these outfits to the public.

The proposed ordinance on the regulation, sale and distribution of, uniforms was already passed on first reading.

Acosta said the proposed ordinance will not only focus on the uniforms of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines but also other law enforcement agencies as well.

Under the Republic Act 493 (Act To Prohibit The Use Or Conferring Of Military Or Naval Grades Or Titles By Or Upon Persons Not In The Service Of The Armed Forces Of The Philippines Or The Philippine Constabulary, To Regulate The Wearing, Use, Manufacture And Sale Of Insignias, Decorations And Medals, Badges, Patches And Identification Cards Prescribed For The Said Armed Forces Or Constabulary, And For Other Purposes), the violator shall be fined not less than P100 and not exceeding P2,000 or imprisonment for not less than one month and not exceeding two years, or both.

The individual is also punishable by Art. 179 of the Revised Penal Code, which penalizes “any person who shall publicly and improperly makes use of insignia, uniforms or dress pertaining to an office not held by that person or to a class of persons of which he is not a member.”

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