5 Davao cops face charges for human rights violations

Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2018 05:15 PM

The facade of the Police Regional Office in Region 11. ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY - The Commission on Human Rights is filing charges against 5 police officers from Davao City who allegedly violated human rights violations and abused authority in anti-drug operations in 2016.

The Police Regional Office in Region 11, however, refused to divulge the names of the policemen, who are still on duty while the case is still ongoing.

Raleston Falcutila, chief of the Regional Legal Service of PRO XI, said it was normal that a police officer would sometimes face charges for doing their work.

"One of our roles as PNP lawyer is to provide legal assistance to them because we believe that these cases are all from performance of their duties or in short, they are all service-connected," he said.

Davao City Police said they would also ensure that their troops regularly follow standard operating procedures every time they conduct police operations especially anti-illegal drug operations, as well as in implementation of search warrant and warrant of arrest.

Senior Inspector Ma. Teresita Gaspan, spokesperson of DCPO, said operatives will be accompanied by a barangay official, representative of Department of Justice and members of media.

She also said the Regional Internal Affairs Service of PNP will hold a separate investigation if bloody drug operations will occur.

"Kung sa tingin nila ay may na-violate sa police operation procedure, 'yan ang time na makakasuhan ang pulis; like may namatay, ang depensa ng pulis ay nanlaban. Depende na lang ito sa findings sa investigating body," she added.

(If they think something was violated in the police operation procedure, charges may be filed against the police officer; like if someone died, the police may say he resisted arrest. This would depend on the findings of the investigating body.)

Calls to utilize body cameras in police operations were earlier proposed for transparency, but it is not implemented yet in the region.