Posts Tagged ‘Napolcom

19
Aug
10

Police Brutality:A Monster in Uniform

A naked man lying on the floor grimacing in pain each time his torturer pulls the string attached to his genitals. This was the scenery shown on TV last Tuesday. The incident happend at the Police Station in Asuncion St, Tondo District and the Torturer was no less than the PNP’s multi awarded Precinct Commander Senior Inspector Joselito Binayug. The victim, an alleged hold upper is said to have died. Although it was not confirmed whether he died of the torture or some other cause. 

The incident gained universal condemnation among Filipinos and various sectors. The cruelty shown was very inhumane and barbaric. Some even called it devilish. But what’s most frustrating is the fact that the very perpetrator is the police itself, from the ones tasked to protect the citizenry. This puts at stake worsening public image of the police force, but for as long as there are incidents like these, for as long as police brutality is not suppressed, there will always be public condemnation.

It is just right that the law shall extend to the fullest, to penalize Inspector Binayug, along with his men who just watched while he committed the crime of torture at the police station. The other policemen, should suffer equal punishment, for just watching and never had done anything to stop their superior. It is a violation of their mandate, to tolerate a crime happening before their very eyes and not doing anything to prevent or stop it.

Senior Inspector Joselito Binayug

According to DOJ Secretary Leila Delima, this incident is the best case, to test the recently passed Anti Torture Act of 2009, and see if it can be an effective tool for greater accountability and diminished impunity among our Law Enforcement Agents.

Before they fully developed this culture of torturing their victims in order to get a plea, it is urgent that the government should impose zero tolerance against this growing practice. This in itself, is a high form of heinous crime and therefore, Binayug and his men should not be excused. They so deserve reclusion perpetua and subsequent discharge from office. A strong message has to be sent to our militia men, to stop torture as a tool in what they claim to be their easy way to solve crimes.

Torture is not exclusive to any agency or group, and there is a swift and tough punishment for anyone engaged in it. That, everyone should understand.

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02
Aug
10

PNP Seeks to remove LGU’s power to appoint chiefs

Section 51 of Republic Act 6975, otherwise known as the “PNP Law” among other things provide, that the Governor in the case of the Provincial Government, in his capacity as a deputized representative of the National Police Commission, shall have the power to appoint, from among three candidates recommended by the PNP Regional Director, his PNP Provincial Director. And in the case of City/Municipal Mayors, from among 5 recommendees of the PNP Provincial Director, their respective PNP Chiefs of Police.

National Police Commission

PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa is calling for a dialogue with the National Police Commission, to discuss the possibility of calling for an amendment of certain provisions of RA 6975 (PNP Law) and RA 8551 (Amended PNP Law), which grant local executives the power to appoint police officials. He said, such powers given to Governors and Mayors, often result to the formation of the private armed groups in many localities in the country. Versoza further said in an interview,  that  he will be citing reports from the Zenarosa commission on private armed groups to strengthen his argument against this law.

I believe Versoza, in his desire to undertake this change, will have to face a difficult fight. LGU’s will surely be dismayed and therefore, oppose this move. Its going to be a battle against all odds. But this is truly a very laudable call. A valid argument. For it is important that our government should be able to protect our people from all possible threats of abuse, by some politicians, whose only way to maintain their power is by the use of the 3G’s. Goons, Guns and Gold. Sad to say, that’s very common in the Philippine scenario today. Who knows, we could have avoided the recent ill fated Maguindanao Massacre, to ever happen, if this issue have been addressed earlier. 

While these politicians continue to enjoy their power and authority over our police force, the more politics is being introduced. The more we expose our policemen in such a situation where they have to consider their “good relationships” with their Chief Executives at all times. Otherwise they are doomed to be displaced, if not transfered to other assignments.  This in itself is corruption. Although both agencies belong under one jurisdiction of the DILG, there should be an autonomy between them, in as far as ” PNP appointments” are concerned. This is the only way to give our police officers, more independence  and sovereignty against the mostly manipulative Governors and Mayors.

PNP Director General Jesus Versoza

The main problem is, how can Versoza possibly push through for an amendment of the law, when it would require the votes of the very lawmakers, whom, if not the fathers or the sons or the uncles of these Chief Executives, are closely tied up with them, for alliances and support? Too, in tandem with them for a common goal of  protecting their political interest, which is to stay in power for as long as they can. Politics as it may sound, but sadly, this is the most common scenario, Versoza may have to deal with.




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