Conquering police misfits and scalawags in the country

By : Alexander Mangorsi Mindanao Today/07:00:36am 09/23/2021


Alexander Tomawis Mangorsi

(2nd of 3 parts)

Secret detention cell

APRIL 27, 2020. A secret detention cell was discovered behind a bookshelf inside Station 1 of the Manila Police District.

A total of 12 men and women were being kept inside the cell for at least 10 days, inside the cramped space that was poorly ventilated.

Police said they were processing the papers of the prisoners and initially refused to let the detainees out.

A clear violation of the Sect. 19(2) of Art. III of the 1987 Constitution which provides that: “The employment of physical, psychological, or degrading punishment against any prisoner or detainee or the use of substandard or inadequate penal facilities under subhuman conditions shall be dealt with by law.”

Policemen raped a 15-year-old girl

July 2, 2020. A 15-year-old girl was raped and then killed, allegedly by police officers from San Juan, Ilocos Sur.

The girl and her 18-year-old cousin were reportedly detained first for violating curfew on June 28 while she was on her way home.

After they filed a complaint with the Cabugao police station, the victim was shot and killed by two men on a motorcycle.

The suspects were later identified as police officers.

Police scalawags were so emboldened with impunity that they just could kill anybody they want.

The sad state of the Philippines’ justice system when police officers tasked with the safety and protection of the citizens turned out to be the culprits of the most horrendous crimes against a defenseless poor girl.

The Tarlac killing of a mother and her son

Dec. 22, 2020. The brazen killing, in Tarlac, of a mother and her son at close range by an off-duty officer has caused outrage in the Philippines and reignited calls for reform of the country’s police force.

The incident, which was recorded by a witness on film, has intensified criticism of the president, Rodrigo Duterte, who has been accused by rights groups of allowing police and the military to act with impunity.

Graphic footage shared on social media shows a plainclothes policeman arguing with his neighbor and her adult son before abruptly shooting them both from close range.

Jacqueline Ann de Guia, a spokeswoman for the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, described the killings as brazen and senseless.

The killing of Jee Ick-Joo inside Camp Crame

South Korean Jee Ick-Joo, a businessman, along with his house helper, was reportedly kidnapped by two unidentified men from Jee's residence in Friendship Plaza Subdivision, Angeles City on October 18, 2016.

After their arrest, the kidnappers – who turned out to be members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) – accused Jee of being involved in the illegal drug trade.

Police officers proceeded to extort money from his wife, who paid P5 million for his safe release, not knowing he was already dead.

Only one month later, after several payments, it was revealed that Jee had died; his remains had been flushed down the toilet just doors down from the office of the national police chief.

Samar gun fight

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were among the parties involved in the deadly shootout which eventually killed Calbayog City Mayor Ronald Aquino and five others.

Aquino was on his way to attend his son’s birthday party in Samar last March this year when the incident occurred.

Aquino, who was on board a white van with his aides, were traveling north along the Laboyao Bridge in Lonoy village when they were allegedly fired upon.

This allegedly prompted one of Aquino’s security personnel to fire shots at the van that they allegedly thought were tailing them.

It turned out the occupants of the other vehicles were PNP personnel from the Integrity, Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) and the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU).

The wanton killings and police abuse continue

This bold and shameless commission of heinous crimes, supported neither by reasonable and justifiable government policy and ideology, by members of the PNP has been countless and too innumerable which requires drastic reforms within the whole PNP organization to redeem its image as “the genuine defender of the safety and general protection of the entire Filipino citizenry.”

Sad to say, the notoriety of the PNP’s scalawags were too plenty and profuse.

Our Muslim brethren also have their own experience with the rise of violence, criminalities and kidnapping perpetrated by Police officers.

San Andres case

The case in San Andres in June 2020 of a group of police officers who forcibly entered the house of a Maranao without announcing their IDs and without a warrant, and without coordinating with barangay authorities, using vehicles with fake plates, planted drugs and detained two suspects even against the vehement opposition of the residents in the area were a perfect example of how Police officers have shown brazen violation of the law on the required “search and seizure” under Bill of Rights.

The Bangsamoro Policy Caucus strongly condemned such a vicious, cruel and blatant violation of human freedom and individual rights and warned their fellow brethren in faith to be on the watch for police scalawags to prevent a recurrent of the senseless incident.

Robbery with homicide in Pasay City

Robbery with homicide of Maranao jewelry traders in Pasay City somewhere in September in 2019.

The PNP and the NBI by now should already have a conclusive finding report on this case with serious concern because the victims were legitimate jewelry traders and the perpetrators could easily be identified through available CCTV footage in d area which vividly showed the vehicle with its plate number used by the perpetrators.

The BPC still hopes the PNP should be guided by a strong political will and commitment and courage in its investigation of the case to ferret out the truth and prosecute the perpetrators whoever they were.

The PNP, the NBI and this govt should show to this nation that criminals have no place and certainly nowhere to hide in our society, not the reverse.

Cabacan massacre

Cabacan Massacre of nine Moro men in Kabacan town in North Cotabato on Aug. 29, 2020.

Maj. Peter Pinalgan Jr., Kabacan town police chief, said "the victims were strafed while standing by the roadside along Aringay Road inside the state-run University of Southern Mindanao (USM) campus. They were allegedly ordered to stop by unidentified suspects and when they all alighted from their motorcycles, they were shot (at) several times,” Pinalgan said

Meanwhile, Director Erland Deluvio of the Commission on Human Rights in Region 12 (CHR-XII) has disclosed that one of the nine fatalities was able to confide to his relatives before expiring at a local hospital the involvement of policemen in the carnage.

The 9th victim – Nasher “Tong” Guiaman – revealed police involvement before he expired of gunshot wounds in hospital hours after the noontime carnage.

He earlier identified the nine fatalities as: Kons Kalilangan, Saganding Sailon, Benladin Dimanalao, Jaiden Musaid, Romeo Balatamay, Katindig Kagayawon, Fahad Mandigan, Budsal Jakaria Lipusin, and Tong Guiaman. (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.)

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