MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Monday reminded ground commanders to respect human rights in implementing city ordinances.
Albayalde said he was leaving it to the commanders to deal with situations based on their discretion, provided they stick to the police operational guidelines and procedures.
He also said police units should coordinate with barangay officials in implementing city laws.
"With regards with the implementation of city ordinances, coordinate. Sila (barangay officials) ang mag-lead ng operations," the PNP chief amid allegations of abuses in the police's intensified drive against loitering.
Albayalde, meanwhile, denied that a detainee in Quezon City died after being mauled inside his cell. He said the man died of natural causes and was not arrested for loitering.
He was referring to Genesis Argoncillo, who according to his family, was beaten up inside his detention cell in Novaliches district.
The family said Argoncillo was arrested because he was not wearing a shirt. But he was charged of alarm and scandal because of allegedly being drunk and making a scene just outside their house.
The Argoncillos are crying for justice for their departed loved one, as the Quezon City police denied their allegations.