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Philippines Police Banned From Picking Nose, Taking Selfies While on Duty

If you just can’t live without picking your nose, it’s probably wise to avoid a career in law enforcement in the Philippines: the country just banned its police force from messing around with their nasal mucus while on duty.

This restriction was included in a memorandum published by the Philippines’ National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) advising officers against potentially unseemly behavior in public, Philippine Star reports.

According to Independent, apart from digging for nose gold, Filipino officers are also prohibited from “playing online games, taking selfies/groupies, chewing gum, adopting unseemly postures in public such as standing with one leg and scratching parts of the body.”

Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana, an NCRPO director, also cautioned police officers against loitering, smoking, reading newspapers and unnecessary texting.

The detailed list of banned behavior came after a plethora of selfie-taking incidents surfaced online, where the country’s officers were caught taking photos of themselves during sensitive situations, such as a hostage crisis at the Quirino Grandstand in 2010 and disaster relief work after Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on the country in 2013.

The policy is just one of many recent changes to the Philippines' police force. Recently, after President Rodrigo Duterte announced a substantial boost in government funding for the national police, NCRPO revealed that 85% of its force is now on patrol, reports BBC.

[Photo via Al Jazeera]

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