Police mull changing protocol after Vhong Navarro case

by Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 28 2014 01:52 AM | Updated as of Jan 28 2014 09:53 AM

MANILA -- The Southern Police District (SPD) is studying revisions in its standard operating procedures after the mauling incident that involved actor-host Vhong Navarro.

SPD director Chief Superintendent Jose Erwin Villacorte said they will be recommending some changes in the protocol regarding the filing of blotter reports.

Villacorte said the current protocol does not require authorities to get medical records from injured people who will file a blotter report at their office.

He said the least a policeman can do is to ask if an injured person filing a blotter wants to go to the hospital, just like in the case of Navarro.

"Kung sa pangyayari pong ito, ang pag-uusapan natin na ang dumulog sa ating opisina ay para lang magpa-blotter, ibig sabihin walang magpa-file ng kaso o ano pa man, karaniwan po pagkatapos magpirmahan na walang mangyayaring kaso, tapos na—pinawawalan na po 'yan dahil wala pong kasong mangyayari. So hindi na po naimemedical," he said in an interview with "News +."

Villacorte said they might propose changes to the current protocol suggesting a mandatory medical record from an injured person filing a blotter.

"Kung wala po sa aming protocol na ang isang dumulog sa ating opisina ay may sugat, puwede kaya nating gawing mandatory [ang pagpapa-medical] kahit na di magpa-file ng kaso," he said. "Siguro pupuwede nating gawin at mairekomenda sa ating nga nakatataas na gawing mandatory kung kinakailangan dahil nga for record purposes din at magagamit in the future."

Meanwhile, Villacorte said policemen who were present when Navarro signed the blotter against him asked the TV host several times if he wanted to go the hospital.

"In several instances, sinabihan po nila si Mr. Navarro na ipa-medical dahil ng nakita po nila ay magtatagal ang paghilom ng sugat niya. Sinabihan po siya ng ating mga imbestigator—not one time, but several times. Si Mr. Navarro lang po ang nag-refuse," he said.