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Cascolan orders probe of Calamba ‘police brutality’

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan yesterday ordered an investigation into charges of alleged ‘police brutality and sloppy police work’ allegedly committed by some members of the Calamba police intelligence section in Laguna.

Cascolan issued the instruction in answer to a complaint-letter forwarded to his office by one Milagros Alora, said PNP spokesman, Colonel Ysmael S. Yu.

“The Chief,PNP has directed today the PNP Internal Affairs Service, Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the Police Regional Office 4-A,” said the PNP spokesperson.

Ms. Alora filed the complaint in behalf of a vape shop owner identified as Victor Emmanuel Alora.

“I am taking to task the Regional Director of PRO4A to ensure the availability of all personnel of the Calamba City Police Station for investigation to establish the true facts behind these reports. Investigation is now on going and I expect to obtain an initial report within the day at the latest,” the PNP chief was quoted by Yu as saying.

“I am not inclined to take everything hook line and sinker just until all unanswered questions are satisfied by a thorough investigation in the interest of truth and fair play,” the PNP chief added.

“Nonetheless, PNP disciplinary systems provide corresponding swift and divisive action for every form of misconduct and irregularity. I trust as well that the reporting party and other concerned individuals will cooperate fully in the investigation,” Gen. Cascolan said.

NO POLICE ‘OVERKILL’ IN ENTOMBMENT OF JAILED WOMAN’S BABY

Yu also brushed off claims of a ‘police overkill’ when a daughter of a woman jailed for illegal possession of firearms and explosives was laid to rest at the Manila North Cemetery on Friday afternoon.

“It is the subject we are protecting. Those externals have no accountabilities if things go wrong. That execution on security is appropriate considering crowd control,” he said.

Militant groups accused members of the PNP and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology of ‘overkill’ when they escorted Reina Mae Nasino to the cemetery where her baby River was laid to her final resting place. The three-month old baby died of respiratory failure on October 9 before she could be reunited with her mother.

Militant supporters of Nasino claimed they were prevented from holding up placards calling for justice to the woman and her baby when they escorted the woman to a Manila funeral parlor after being given a brief furlough to see her child.

However, officials said that the tight security was needed considering the situation.

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Alfred P. Dalizon
Author of the ‘Mamang Pulis’ series and Crame Files | A Journal Group reporter since 1988 and recipient of dozens of national awards from the PNP/DILG/PDEA/DDB/NAPOLCOM and the private sector | Winner of two (2) prestigious Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for Best Investigative Report | A Finalist for another CMMA Best Investigative Report | A 3-time Journal Group Employee and Top Reporter of the Year