MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to go deeper in investigating the case of the 7 other policemen involved in kidnapping 3 South Korean tourists in Angeles City, Pampanga.
According to Lacson, the PNP can coordinate with Philippine embassy officials in South Korea and send them copies of the complaint of the victims.
"If I were the PNP at gusto kong i-pursue, maski 'yung administrative case man lang, madali naman sigurong i-coordinate sa konsulado natin doon sa Korea. Magpadala tayo ng imbestigador, kunan na lang ng affidavit at ipa-assess doon sa consulate natin sa Korea para maging valid 'yung kanilang affidavit," he said in an interview on radio DZMM.
(If I were the PNP and I want to pursue the case, even just an administrative case, it is easy to coordinate with the Philippine embassy in Korea. We send an investigator, get the statement of the victims and have them assessed for validity.)
Lacson added that doing so can strengthen the case against the rogue cops, and prevent them from going back to their old criminal habits once the controversy dies down.
"Padalhan ng mga litrato ng mga pulis involved, tutal identified naman, at ipa-identify, ipa-narrate kung anong nangyari, nang sa gayon, tumibay 'yung kaso nila doon sa mga Angeles City policemen na ngayon ay sabi nila, naka-restrictive custody," he explained.
(We can also send the photos of the police involved so they can be identified. The victims can also be asked to narrate what happened so we can have a stronger case against these cops.)
"Eh di oras na lumamig itong usaping ito, baka mamaya 'yung mga nag-extort doon sa 3 Koreano na nagpunta dito para mag-golf eh nandiyan na naman sa serbisyo at nale-lie low lang sandali, mamaya mage-extort," Lacson also said.
(Once the issue dies down, these cops can go back to extortion.)
For Lacson, there are different ways the PNP can handle the issue if it really wants the cops in question to take responsibility for what they did.
"At least man lang, kasi kung sa korte, siyempre, ire-require naman na...right ng accused to confront the accuser hindi ba? Pero sa administrative case, para talagang matanggal na serbisyo 'yung mga pulis na nag-extort, pwede namang gawin 'yun. Marami namang paraan," he said.
(At least if the case if filed in court, both the accuser and the accused will be facing each other. A lot can be done so these rogue cops can be dismissed from service.)
According to Police Regional Office 3 Director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, 7 cops from the Angeles City Police Station 5 have been placed under restrictive custody and are now facing administrative charges after 3 Koreans claimed that they were “arrested” and “illegally detained” inside the police station for 7 hours.
The accused will be dismissed from the service, Aquino added.