"Marami ngayon, yumayabang na." Senator Grace Poe on Thursday urged Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa to set an example and punish cops linked to crimes amid the rising number of killings in the country.
"Chief, siguro importante rin na ipakita mo, magbigay ka ng ehemplo na isa sa kanila, napaparusahan mo," she said.
Poe noted many of those killed in the administration anti-drug war are civilians.
"Pero hindi naman nabibiktima ng mga pulis, palagi mga sibilyan. Marami ngayon, yumayabang na dahil ang sa tingin nila ay kinakampihan sila at hindi agad-agad nare-resolba ang kaso," she said during Thursday's Senate hearing on the "tokhang for ransom" modus, where cops allegedly perform illegal activities under the guise of a legitimate drug raid.
Poe asked Dela Rosa and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre if there had ever been a case wherein the PNP provided compensation or financial assistance to a victim of a crime committed by a cop.
Dela Rosa said there had been none so far because they do not have an allocation for this in their budget.
Poe said perhaps they should implement this so that they would be stricter because what could have been given to the police would be used to pay their liabilities.
"Kaya nga dapat siguro, pag may ganung kayong batting average na nasasangkot ang pulis at nababawas sa pondo ninyo na dapat mapupunta sa ating kapulisan, siguro mas magiging strikto yung mga commander," she said.
She also asked for an update on the cops linked to the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa in November last year, including Supt. Marvin Marcos and Chief Inspector Leo Laraga.
Dela Rosa reported that the officers are under restrictive custody, meaning they were relieved of their positions and their service firearms. They are also made to stay only within the Support Service compound inside Camp Crame, except when they are accompanied by an escort.