Conquering police misfits and scalawags in the country

By : Alexander Mangorsi Mindanao Today/05:22:39pm 09/24/2021


Alexander Tomawis Mangorsi

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IT IS indeed very sad when the CHR could claim that the PNP had something to do with the massacre.

The PNP should not tolerate criminals and scalawags in its ranks because it absolutely puts its very credibility for neutrality, justice and fairness at stake.

A massacre in broad daylight inside the campus of one of the best educational institutions in the country (USM) and along a busy road network would only be logically possible with the participation of organized armed individuals with the capacity to inflict collective harms.

The BPC believes that The PNP in this case should by now have already cleared its name by being able to identify the perpetrators, able to prosecute them so that justice be finally served and punishment be meted on the criminals.

The Bustos Bulacan case

Bustos, Bulacan – Two women and a man, whose handcuffed remains were dumped at a roadside on January 15, 2020.

They were all Maranaos believed to be residents of Metro Manila who were abducted by alleged police operatives, killed and dumped in Bustos Bulacan.

Aziza Benito, a 58-year-old resident of Divisoria in Manila, was shoved into a vehicle, said Police Maj. Jude Bryan Maguddayao, Bustos chief of police.

She was a former overseas recruiter, he said. The other woman, 41-year-old Norwina Ulama, owned a garments store in Pasig City, while the lone male victim, Jalani Mariano, 29, was a tricycle driver residing in Tondo, Manila.

Each of the remains bore a gunshot wound in the head. Benito and Ulama were handcuffed together.

The price of life has been so cheap in an environment where police abuse, corruption and brutality have become the most dominant currency in the minds of a corrupt police organization.

Warrantless arrest in Cavite

In the early dawn of 17 February 2021 in Cavite, a construction site was raided.

Eleven workers were arrested without a warrant on suspicion of being members of the Abu Sayyaf and seven of them were Muslims.

In a statement, House Deputy Speaker and Basilan Representative Mujiv Hataman expressed concern that these alleged warrantless arrests could be an abuse of the controversial Anti-Terrorism Law.

"Ito na po ba ang kinakatakutan nating mga pang-aabuso sa ilalim ng Anti-Terror Law? The NICA (National Intelligence Coordinating Agency) and NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) should clarify the arrests, produce the 11 individuals and inform their families of what happened. Madami sa mga ito ay taga-Basilan pa, sa lalawigan namin,” Hataman said.

Davao subdivision case

A lawyer and her husband were gunned down in front of their house in an upscale subdivision in this city of Davao.

Gilda Mahinay-Sapie and Muhaimen Mohammad were reportedly killed by sniper fire.

Police said Gilda was the first to be shot when she went out of their house.

Muhaimen was shot when he checked on his wife after he heard gunshots.

Lawyer Hilda Mahinay-Sapie, a retired Department of Agrarian Reform official, had a public affairs radio program with her husband.

Capt. Rose Aguilar, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said on Saturday, July 17, that investigators were still looking for clues to identify the suspects in the killing of lawyer Hilda Mahinay-Sapie and her husband Muhaimen Mohammad Sapie.

The BPC strongly condemns the senseless killing.

The case of kidnap-slay victim Naida Casar

The recent victim of Police criminal activities was Nadia Casar, a female Muslim online seller in Nueva Ecija.

May Allah swt’s Mercy be with her and may He grant her a special place in Jannatul Firdaus. Cause of death: Kidnapped, killed and burnt.

Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Two policemen voluntarily surrendered to authorities while another was arrested together with his civilian cohort in connection with their alleged involvement in the kidnap-slay case of businesswoman Nadia Casar, 35 years old, online seller of jewelries in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has ordered the summary dismissal from service and indictment of five cops suspected in the kidnap-slay of Nadia Casar.

Published reports said Reyes, Malillin, Alcantara, and Robarios are in police custody, while Martin, Esmundo, and Macapagal remain at large.

They have been charged in the Department of Justice, a PNP statement said.

Eleazar ordered the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) and the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) to conduct manhunt operations against the three suspects at large.

“We strongly condemn this incident. I assure you that all the police involved in the kidnapping and killing of Nadia Casar will be dismissed from service and held accountable. These criminal-minded people who are wicked to the bone deserve to rot in prison. I will personally look into this case and will make sure that these rotten eggs will face justice in court and be accountable for their crimes,” reports quoted Eleazar as saying in Pilipino.

Despite the series of incidents involving police officers in violent crimes, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday assured the public that reforms will rid the force of scalawags within its ranks.

He sought the public’s help in weeding out scalawags from the ranks, saying the PNP’s internal cleansing efforts would be more effective if the public reports and lodges complaints against police abuses or involvement in criminal activity.

“I will make sure the scalawags in the PNP (Philippine National Police) organization are weed out. We will continue to do until the last scalawag is out,” he said.

The country’s 26th PNP chief is known as a strict disciplinarian, who will not hesitate to impose sanctions on corrupt police officers.

The Bangsamoro Policy Caucus

THE BPC strongly laments that “crime, violence and fear” have posed considerable challenges to the development of safe and reasonably secured environment in our country and a number of the “police are behaving like organized crimes or the criminal underworld.”

Instead of protecting and defending the innocent against felonious gangs and criminals, they wantonly carried out “extrajudicial executions,” kidnapped and killed unsuspecting innocents.

Certainly, the use of unnecessary and vicious violence cannot be justified under any and all circumstances in a democratic polity.

To rid the PNP of misfits and scalawags, there has to be a policy to raise the high standards of professionalism within the PNP to ensure the safety of every Filipino citizen, guarantee basic freedoms and individual liberties, promote respect for cultural pluralism, racial equality and understanding.

“We should have cleansed our ranks before we waged the war on drugs so that scalawag and narco-cops would not be part of it,” former PNP chief and now senator Ronald dela Rosa laments.

(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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