PNP: 56 rights cases filed vs cops in first quarter

Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 29 2017 03:09 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police on Wednesday said the number of cops involved in human rights violations has gone down compared to previous years.

According to PNP Human Rights Affairs Office Director, Police Chief Superintendent Dennis Siervo, they recorded 105 incidents of cops involved in human rights violations in 2016.

This figure is lower compared to the 174 incidents they recorded in 2014 and 131 in 2015.

"There is a downward trend on personnel involved in human rights violations despite yung half of the previous year there was a change of administration," Siervo said.

Siervo however noted that their office is now monitoring 56 tallied cases of cops involved in human rights violations in just the first three months of this year.

Most of the cases this year are cops implicated in homicide, illegal and arbitrary detention, unlawful arrest and rape.

Siervo added that the top three areas with the highest number of cases are Region 1 with 16, Region 7 with 10, and the National Capital Region Police Office with 9.

"Nire-review namin yung mga operational procedures, kasi when you speak of human rights base na policy, it is professionalism, competency and strict observance of the police operational procedures.... nire-remind namin sila sa mga nakakalimot," he said.

He added that the highest ranking personnel implicated in human rights violations is a police superintendent for police commissioned officers and senior police officer (SPO4) for police non-commissioned officers.

He clarified that their office is not mandated to investigate. 
 
"After internal investigation are conducted, we ask for these reports based on their findings then we submit recommendations. If found guilty, then fifile-an namin. We will recommend the Commission on Human rights the filing of human rights violations," he said.