TO­MAS BACKS SHAME CAM­PAIGN VS ROGUE COPS

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Ros­alie O. Abatayo CORRESPONDENT TO­MAS BACKS 27

Po­lice­men have to re­gain the re­spect and trust of the pub­lic. And Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña be­lieved that pub­licly parad­ing po­lice scalawags would be one way to do it.

“One of the big is­sues in our so­ci­ety is that peo­ple don’t think highly of po­lice­men,” the mayor said, adding that many peo­ple don’t think they should fear po­lice­men.

Os­meña said he would fully sup­port Se­nior Supt. Joel Do­ria, direc­tor of the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO), should he im­ple­ment a shame cam­paign against erring po­lice of­fi­cers un­der his ju­ris­dic­tion.

“It’s good that the idea came from him. That means he re­ally wants to clean up (the CCPO of scalawags),” said Os­meña.

The mayor said that law en­forcers who vi­o­late the law shall not be tol­er­ated.

Os­meña added that Do­ria should im­ple­ment the shame cam­paign as soon as pos­si­ble as he be­lieved that Do­ria’s term as CCPO direc­tor might end be­fore it could be done.

“You know his term might be end­ing any­time soon. So if he can do it now, fine. He has my full sup­port,” said Os­meña in a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day.

Due for re­as­sign­ment?

Ac­cord­ing to the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) man­ual for po­lice chiefs, the of­fi­cer can only stay in his as­sign­ment for two years be­fore he or she is trans­ferred to an­other unit or area.

Do­ria was as­signed to CCPO in July 2016 and will mark his two years in Cebu City po­lice next month.

On Wed­nes­day, Do­ria said that he would be will­ing to present erring po­lice of­fi­cers to the me­dia if their higher ranks in Camp Crame would is­sue such di­rec­tive.

But Do­ria stressed that at the mo­ment, there is no such di­rec­tive on pub­licly sham­ing rogue cops.

“If there’s a di­rec­tive from our higher ups, then we will im­ple­ment it. But at present, there’s none,” he said in an in­ter­view on Thurs­day.

“Ac­tu­ally, it’s the me­dia who opened the topic. Some­one asked me about it so I said we will im­ple­ment it if there’s a di­rec­tive. It is only through the di­rec­tives that we will know the pro­ce­dures or guide­lines,” he added.

Al­though he has no idea on how any shame cam­paign against po­lice scalawags will be done, Do­ria said it will def­i­nitely not through pre­sent­ing ar­rested po­lice­men to the me­dia.

“Pre­sent­ing sus­pects to the me­dia is no longer al­lowed now,” he said.

CHR says no

The Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights in Cen­tral Visayas (CHR-7) was quick to crit­i­cize such plan.

“We all know that such mea­sure is in­con­sis­tent with the hu­man rights stan­dards en­shrined in the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion, par­tic­u­larly on the right of a per­son to be pre­sumed in­no­cent un­til his guilt is pro­nounced by the court af­ter a fair trial,” said lawyer Alvin Odron, CHR-7 direc­tor.

Odron said that sham­ing a per­son for his faults is not a le­gal rem­edy un­der the coun­try’s le­gal sys­tem.

“Let us re­mind the PNP to al­ways re­spect hu­man rights and faith­fully ob­serve the prin­ci­ple of due process and the rule of law,” Odron said.

Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO) direc­tor Se­nior Supt. Manuel Abru­gena, also said that he would not ap­prove of such pol­icy if it means vi­o­lat­ing hu­man rights.

“I am ad­her­ing to the ob­ser­vance of hu­man rights and if such method is in vi­o­la­tion of it, I don’t go for it,” said Abru­gena.

PNP chief Direc­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde re­cently de­cided to no longer present crime sus­pects in re­spect to hu­man rights es­pe­cially that sus­pects are not yet con­victed of any crime.

The or­der came af­ter top PNP of­fi­cials led by Al­bay­alde met with Manila Archbishop Luis An­to­nio Car­di­nal Ta­gle.

How­ever, Os­meña said that the opin­ion of the CHR is the least of his con­cerns.

“I don’t care about CHR. I never cared about them. CHR pro­tects the crim­i­nals. They don’t pro­tect the vic­tims of the crim­i­nals,” Os­meña said. /WITH RE­PORTS FROM CNU I NT ERN LAKSMI NARAYAN CAÑEDO, ADOR VIN­CENT MAYO L, NEST LE L . SEMILLA AND MOREXET T E B. ER­RAM

CDN FILE PHOTO

MAYOR OS­MEÑA IN CCPO AWARD­ING. In this photo taken on Jan. 23, 2017, Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña (left) is ac­com­pa­nied by Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO) direc­tor Se­nior Supt. Joel Do­ria (right) in an ar­rival honor for the CCPO’s Mon­day flag rais­ing...

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