MANILA - Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a resolution urging the Senate to investigate an alleged "palit-puri" scheme, where women are allegedly forced to have sex with police officers for the release of family members facing drug charges.
De Lima, in Senate Resolution 930, cited the arrest of a rookie policeman for supposedly soliciting sex from a 15-year-old daughter of a drug suspect.
She also noted data from the Center for Women's Resources (CWR) saying that 56 policemen have been involved in 33 cases of violence against women since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.
In 12 of these cases, the victims were either drug suspects, relatives of drug suspects or were assaulted during anti-narcotics efforts, she said.
"In a seeming culture of impunity that breeds and emboldens criminals and misfits, the authorities must remain vigilant in safeguarding the vulnerable, particularly the women and children, from those who trample upon their rights," the lawmaker said in a statement.
De Lima earlier proposed a law for the protection of women in state custody.
The PNP, meanwhile, said that the alleged sexual abuse by its officers are "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 last week.