The Philippine National Police (PNP) reiterated that it would not condone the wrongdoings of its personnel amid two reports of sexual assaults during the conduct of anti-drugs operations.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao also encouraged the public, especially the victims, to immediately lodge a complaint against erring cops as the national police leadership is serious in internal cleansing.
“The PNP does not condone wrongdoings of rogue police personnel. Investigation is now being conducted on these incidents,” said Bulalacao.
The spokesman refers to the case in Bulacan wherein three rookie policemen allegedly molested and even raped a pregnant woman right in front of her two-year old daughter.
These rookie policemen were allegedly conducting a drug bust when they chanced upon the pregnant woman who was collecting payment for debts with her daughter.
In Manila, four cops were also accused of molesting an 11-year old girl under the guise of frisking her for possible possession of illegal drugs.
“Appropriate criminal and administrative charges shall be filed against those involved as warranted by evidence or testimonies,” assured Bulalacao.
This is not the first time that policemen are accused of wrongdoings in the conduct of anti-drugs operations. At least 60 policemen were already arrested since February last year, most of them were reportedly involved in extortion from drug suspects they had arrested. Almost 400 cops, on the other hand, were dismissed from the service since 2016, almost half of them were charges connected to drug activities.
But Bulalacao said that there is a need to follow the due process in running after the errant policemen. “We appeal to the public to report erring cops as we continue our efforts in cleansing our ranks. Those who will be found guilty shall be punished and dismissed,” said Bulalacao.