No more parad­ing of sus­pects to me­dia

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - Nes­tle L. Semilla

IN RE­SPONSE to the order from Camp Crame, the Po­lice Re­gional Office in Cen­tral Visayas (PRO-7) will no longer present crime sus­pects to the me­dia.

PRO-7 Direc­tor, Chief Supt. De­bold Si­nas said they have to fol­low or­ders from the head­quar­ters of the Philip­pine Na­tional po­lice (PNP).

“Kun in­gon adto ang polisiya sa Crame, so dili na namo i- pa­rade (these crime sus­pects),” said Si­nas.

(If that is the pol­icy of Crame, we will no longer pa­rade these crime sus­pects).

But Si­nas said that they will not pro­hibit me­dia from in­ter­view­ing the sus­pects to get their side.

PNP Chief Direc­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde de­cided to no longer present crime sus­pects as their way of re­spect­ing their hu­man rights es­pe­cially be­cause sus­pects are not yet con­victed of any crime.

Al­bay­alde said in a press con­fer­ence in Camp Crame that this is in ad­her­ence to a long stand­ing pol­icy of the PNP.

Al­bay­alde was re­fer­ring to the mem­o­ran­dum is­sued by for­mer PNP Chief Je­sus Ver­zosa in 2008 stop­ping the prac­tice of parad­ing sus­pects be­fore the me­dia.

The mem­o­ran­dum stated that “sus­pects ar­rested for any vi­o­la­tion of the law shall in no case be pre­sented in a ‘fir­ing line’ to the me­dia”.

Sought for com­ment, Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights Re­gional Direc­tor Arvin Or­don told CEBU DAILY NEWS that the pro­nounce­ment of Al­bay­alde is a re­al­iza­tion on the part of PNP of the pol­icy ad­vi­sory is­sued by the CHR.

“Re­mind­ing the State, par­tic­u­larly the PNP of its obli­ga­tion to re­spect the rights of per­sons ac­cused of com­mit­ting a crime,” Odron told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Odron said the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tees the com­mit­ment of the State to value the dig­nity of all hu­man per­sons and guar­an­tees full re­spect for hu­man rights.

Arnold Bus­ta­mante, a broad­cast jour­nal­ist and pres­i­dent of the po­lice beat re­porters group said he didn’t have any prob­lem with the pol­icy be­cause me­dia has not been pro­hib­ited from in­ter­view­ing the sus­pects.

“Ang gidili ra man kanang ibu­tang sa luyo sa mga po­lice ang mga di­nakpan ... ila ra sad gisunod ang sug­yot sa Com­mis- sion on Hu­man Rights,” Bus­ta­mante said in a state­ment sent to CDN.

(What is pro­hib­ited is for sus­pects to be placed at the back of the po­lice­men dur­ing press con­fer­ences. The po­lice are just heed­ing the re­quest of the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights)

CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA

Po­lice Re­gional Direc­tor, Chief Supt. De­bold Si­nas met with jour­nal­ists at Camp Ser­gio Os­meña Sr. where he an­nounced that ar­rested sus­pects will no longer be pa­raded be­fore me­di­a­men.

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