MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has banned the presentation of arrested suspects before the press, his spokesperson said Tuesday.
PNP Spokesperson Supt. Benigno Durana said the directive came after the police chief's meeting with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle last week.
"We enhance our strategy against illegal drugs by upholding, observing, respecting, and promoting human rights, and the rule of law. [And] the way we do that is upholding the human rights even of crime suspects," said Durana.
The directive follows a 2008 National Police Commission order that centers on the human rights of crime suspects. Police officers who would not follow this order will face administrative charges.
The PNP had vowed to stop such practice in 2008.
-- report by Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News