'We will defend ourselves': PNP chief backs commanders in Taguig condo raid

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Posted at Apr 22 2020 08:15 AM

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MANILA - The head of the Philippine National Police said Wednesday he believed in his commanders as several officers faced possible charges for allegedly accosting residents of a condominium compound in Taguig who allegedly violated lockdown measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The management of Pacific Plaza Towers Condominium Corp earlier said armed and "apparently agitated" policemen entered the compound "without some form or warrant or authorization" and "curtly shouted" at residents who were practicing social distancing while lounging at a pool and garden area.

The officers only made "an ordinary police response" and no arrests following reports of the supposed lockdown breach there, said PNP Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa.

"They (Pacific Plaza Towers) are telling that they would charge my policemen. Go ahead. We will defend ourselves," he told DZMM.

"I do believe in my commanders, not unless the violation is so gross or talagang flagrant siya or sobra talaga, then that's the time I will take cognizance of the case," he added.

Sunday's incident was caught on video and was widely shared online. It came on the heels of the military’s admission it was preparing for a "martial law-style" enforcement of the COVID-19 lockdown, set until April 30.

The PNP earlier said it would investigate the officers' actions.