PNP rejects 'unfair' sex-for-freedom claim

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 05 2018 01:49 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2018 02:22 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police on Monday railed against an advocacy group's claim that a "palit-puri" scheme is rampant in its ranks, where women are allegedly forced to engage in sex with its officers for the release of family members facing drug charges. 

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women–Asia Pacific said last week that it has assisted several women who were supposedly abused by officers in the alleged sex-for-freedom scheme, which it said has yet to see any policeman punished. 

"Records will show that these are all isolated cases... It's not everyday that these things happen. That's totally harsh and unfair on our part," PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde told reporters. 

The PNP last week arrested a rookie policeman for supposedly soliciting sex from a 15-year-old girl in exchange for dropping drug charges against her father. 

The policeman from Sampaloc, Manila has been charged with rape. He is also facing a separate administrative case that may lead to his dismissal from service, the PNP earlier said. 

Report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News