CHR to PNP: Do not de­stroy your cred­i­bil­ity

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

THE Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (CHR) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal yes­ter­day re­minded the mem­bers of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice in the prov­ince not to de­stroy their own cred­i­bil­ity with the public.

Chr-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal head Romeo Balde­varona, made the state­ment af­ter an in­ci­dent in Lu­zon wherein cops al­legedly or­dered suspects to strip naked and to bend over in front of them.

Balde­varona said, such in­ci­dent is no­to­ri­ously of­fen­sive and is a vi­o­la­tion of RA 9745, oth­er­wise known as the Anti-tor­ture Act of 2009.

Balde­varona pointed out, even if the sus­pect is ar­rested they must al­ways re­spect their rights and should be treated in­no­cent un­til proven guilty by a court of law.

The lo­cal CHR head said they have not re­ceived any sim­i­lar com­plaints in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, al­though he re­called one in­ci­dent wherein a woman was nabbed af­ter she tried to smug­gle il­le­gal drugs by hid­ing it in her gen­i­talia.

Balde­varona said in that spe­cific in­ci­dent, the sus­pect did not file a com­plaint as law en­force­ment per­son­nel fol­lowed proper pro­ce­dures.*

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