Two cops seen on CCTV footage beating up minors probed

Two police officers assigned to the Mobile Patrol Group is now confined to barracks while an investigation is ongoing over their alleged role in the mauling of three minors last Jan. 21.

City police director, Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, assured that there will be no whitewash in the investigation as the complaint already reached the City Mayor’s Office. They will face administrative and criminal charges if proven guilty.
In a phone conversation with Supt. Alfredo Baluran, the chief of the Mobile Patrol Group, he said the incident occurred inside the barangay hall of Barangay 19-B. The two men, who hold ranks of a Police Officer 1, were caught on CCTV spanking the minors with a wooden stick.
Baluran said they already turned over the police officers for investigation.
Speaking at yesterday’s AFP-PNP press conference held at Royal Mandaya hotel, Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan said the incident occurred at around 1:15 a.m. when the two police officers were dispatched by a Central 911 operator to respond to a reported riot in Garcia Heights.
“We are saddened by the incident involving our personnel in the allegation of the mauling incident that transpired last Jan. 20, 2018,” Gaspan said.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile, warned the police not to overstep their bounds in the performance of their duties.
“Force should not be used against them unless police authority is ignored or lives are in danger because of the actions of the minors,” the mayor’s statement released by the City Information Office read.
Gaspan said when the police officers arrived, the three minors were already rescued by the village peace officers and brought to the barangay hall.
“The Davao City Police Office will not tolerate, neither condone, any misconduct, abuse of rights or irregularities or inappropriate behavior among its personnel,” she added.
Gaspan declined to name the two police officers pending the results of the investigation by the Investigation and Detective Management Branch of the DCPO.
“At this point, the identified police officers were already placed under restriction,” she said.
The mayor said she already ordered Tagum to conduct an investigation “and mete out the appropriate sanction if the policemen involved are found to have violated rules on apprehension.”
In the statement, it was explained that the mayor only learned of the incident from a fellow lawyer early this week. The report said the children were apprehended around midnight.
“We are confident that Davao City policemen know by heart their obligation to uphold the rights of all people, especially those who have less in life and the most vulnerable,” she said. (with reports from Ma. Cecilia Badian)

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