PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday called on the public to identify and help file charges against any police ‘front-liners’ who are committing abuses specifically against any women in the performance of their duties.
“The Philippine National Police takes strong exception to the sweeping allegation of sexual abuse of women by police front-liners. The PNP takes these allegations seriously because we respect women and honor their role in society. We will never tolerate any form of physical or sexual abuse against women,” said the top cop.
Gen. Gamboa also strongly urged ‘unnamed sources’ to immediately report to the PNP and to file charges against suspected wrongdoers.
“The moment a police officer commits a crime, he stops being an officer of the law and becomes a criminal, a sexual predator. But In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have police front-liners who risk their lives on a daily basis. It is unfair that they become part of an unfounded generalization simply because of the criminal actions of a few,” he emphasized.
The PNP chief encouraged victims or interested persons with information to share to come out so that proper investigations and appropriate actions against any erring policemen could be initiated.
PNP spokesman, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac said complaints sent to the PNP have been subjected to validation although no official complaints, evidence and witnesses have been provided to substantiate such allegations.
Last month, the National Capital Region Police Office ordered the investigation of one NCRPO ‘front-liner’ accused of trying to force himself into a woman who has become the object of his affection.
The cop was accused of even creating a scene at the workplace of the woman and for regularly subjecting her to harassment when she fend off his effort to befriend her.
Another ‘front-liner’ was also accused of barging inside the house of a married woman for reasons known only to him. The woman’s house was located near a Quarantine Control Point where the policeman was assigned.
Both complaints were ordered thoroughly investigated by NCRPO director, Major Genera. Debold M. Sinas.