Conquering police misfits and scalawags in the country
By : Alexander Mangorsi Mindanao Today/08:57:36am 09/20/2021
(1st of 3 parts)
AN imperative need. A number of the police are simply out of control with no sense of value for the life of the innocent.
We have seen deaths after deaths. How much more until the killings stop?
Today, as the entire human planet has become increasingly urbanized, the incidence of crimes is on the rise.
Violence against women and children, drug-abuse, terrorist acts, kidnappings, murders and other heinous crimes indicates a particularly distressing situation in human polity. It’s hateful, horrible and odious.
And it is even more detestable, despicable and appalling when the perpetrators of the crimes are police officers themselves.
Certainly, as countries try to manage their Development Growth Path amidst this pandemic, Executive Director Yury Fedotov of the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes underpins the idea that “effective and humane justice systems and institutions are fundamental to building societies that facilitate growth and development.”
For him, a “weak rule of law and lack of good governance pose a major threat to social and economic development, and that investments in justice systems and the rule of law were ‘pre-requisites’ for long-term prosperity, economic development and human rights.”
A professional and ethical police force
Certainly, this justice systems requires the existence of a vibrant, modern and effective police organization tasked with the basic mission to eradicate crimes, prevent violence, reduce citizen’s fear, maintain law and order and secure every soul’s safety in society.
Such a police force should be manned by officers bound with the strict obedience to the values of probity, righteousness, personal integrity, civic service, public accountability and a sense of highest professionalism and ethical principles.
The Japanese police
In Japan, “the police officer is first and foremost a member of the community whose duty is to look after the welfare of his fellow-citizens. Performing a civic duty is incumbent upon every Japanese citizen. Police officers are duty-bound to effectively help reduce crimes and prevent delinquency in Japanese society. They were like ‘versatile actors whose role covered both the resolution of community conflicts and tensions and the task of applying the law.’”
The Japanese police system therefore is an integral part of the larger social and cultural environment which promotes the “primacy of collective interests and the respect for authority stressing the role of good citizenship and community solidarity in pursuit of the common good and national development.”
Philippine National Police
In the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, along with National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other related government agencies constitute as one among the core foundations of the Philippines’ Criminal Justice System.
Ideally, the PNP is at the forefront of the Criminal Justice System of the country.
They directly deal with the community and are directly exposed to the criminal elements.
Their rudimentary works consist of – preventing crimes, enforcement of laws, effecting legitimate arrest, conducting lawful searches and seizures, and prosecuting the offense by filling the needed complaint at the Prosecution’s Office.
On the ground however, this ideal façade of law enforcement role by the PNP as mandated by law is rather marked certainly not by a myriad of reassuring and encouraging glories and optimism in the proper administration of justice and law enforcement, but by a countless list of controversies and infamy which have always marred and stained the good image of the PNP organization.
Police killing, abuse and corruptions
The existence of disobedient, abusive and police scalawags continue to plague the ranks of the PNP and since the beginning of this admin in 2016, the country has been subjected to a “violent nationwide police crackdown on illegal drugs” which has courted both domestic and international criticism and even impelled a possible investigation to be opened by the International Criminal Court to which Malacañang merely considers as “plain harassment” and unnecessary interference in the internal affairs of the country.
Ironically, “the very people who are tasked with tackling the country’s law enforcement and crime prevention are instead colluding and cooperating with drug traders and criminals for their own financial gain.”
Not only they have highjacked the war on drugs for their own economic benefit, they have become the bad eggs and bad apples in the PNP organization.
The following shows some of the string of controversial killings perpetrated by Police scalawags.
Kian Santos case
Seventeen-year-old Kian Delos Santos was killed near his home in Caloocan City.
Santos was shot to death by the policemen in a dark alley in August 2017.
Police first reported that the teenager, who they claimed was a drug runner, drew a gun and fired, and that they returned fire in self-defense.
The official police photograph of the crime scene showed a gun and packets of methamphetamine next to Santos' body — two bullets in his head — to back up their claim.
“The policemen's claim of their victim's alleged drug use is one that's been used thousands of times since 2016.”
But this time, neighborhood surveillance footage told a different story.
CCTV video released later showed three policemen dragging the teenager into an alley, minutes before he was found dead.
“For the past years, we have seen how time and again the police not only fail to ‘serve and protect’ us. In many cases, they are the ones who pull the trigger at civilians,” critiques said.
In December 2017, Mandaluyong policemen failed to coordinate with barangay (village) officials when they responded to a distress call, mistakenly shooting a car that was supposed to bring injured victims to the hospital, an incident which showed PNP Personnel’s lack of proper training and discipline, and their readiness to kill even before knowing their target whether civilians or criminals.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS) has been tasked to investigate the matter.
Rape of two female detainees
March 29, 2020. Two policemen were the main suspects in the rape of two female detainees in Marikina.
The victims underwent custodial debriefing, after which the cops allegedly brought them to an office where they were sexually assaulted.
Police officers involved in this crime have no sense of decency and respect for the welfare of women neither were they endowed with ethical and moral competence to be members of the police force.
The killing of Winston Ragos
April 21, 2020. At the height of stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, a police officer shot and killed Winston Ragos in Brgy Pasong Putik in Quezon City.
Reports said the 33-year-old former infantryman with the Armed Forces of the Philippines was reaching for something inside his shoulder bag when the cop shot him twice.
The killing was absolutely senseless, overbearing and extremely unnecessary. (To be continued)
(Alexander Tomawis Mangorsi is the admin of the Bangsamoro Policy Caucus Facebook page. The Bangsamoro Policy Caucus is an internet-based policy advocate for issues of indispensable relevance and significance to the common welfare and collective good of the Moro People.)