MANILA Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana opposed the lifting of the tattoo ban for all military personnel.
"Any good reason why we will lift it? We would like to keep it that way. Just like haircut. The military imposes strict rules on haircut and even mustache, why not tattoo(s)? Tattoos are ugly and connotes gangster image," he said in a message Monday.
Earlier, Davao City (1st District) Rep. Karlo Nograles urged military and police leaders to waive the tattoo ban which he called "archaic".
"The Army is an old-fashioned organization in some ways. We have standards of behaviors that harkens back to medieval times and they are still relevant today: following orders, wearing approved uniform and badges, fitting into an organization, having a regulation haircut, regulated daily activities, be physically fit," Lorenzana said.
Source: Philippine News Agency