MANILA – Malacañang on Saturday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to investigate several Cavite police officers who allegedly mauled a quarantine violator amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a Laging Handa press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stressed that the Palace does not tolerate any form of abuse.
“Paimbestigahan po natin ‘yan. Tatawagan natin mismo si PNP chief [Archie] Gamboa. Titingnan kung ano ang nangyari diyan,” he said.
(We will investigate on the incident. We will call PNP chief [Archie] Gamboa. We will get to the bottom of this.)
“Alam niyo naman po sa ating gobyerno, no one is above the law. Kung talagang may lumabag sa batas, mayroon naman pong imbestigasyon, paglilitis at pagpaparusa,” Roque added.
(In our government, no one is above the law. If someone violated the law, there will be an investigation, hearing and punishment.)
Roque was reacting to a CNN Philippines report that a factory worker was allegedly mauled by police officers in General Trias, Cavite.
The man, identified as 30-year-old Ronald Campo, reportedly fractured his skull and suffered wounds all over his body.
According to the report, Campo was apprehended by police for violating curfew hours in Tropical Village, Barangay San Francisco. He is recuperating at the General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City.
The incident came just as the police force came under fire for a birthday bash of the Metro Manila police chief, where quarantine regulations against such gatherings were allegedly violated.
Police officials involved, chiefly Metro Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, were charged with administrative cases and are also facing a criminal complaint.