THE Philippine National Police is welcome to investigate any allegations of human rights violations by some policemen in enforcing rules under the enhanced quarantine community (ECQ).
PNP Chief Archie Gamboa emphasized that they are ready for the investigation to determine whether a human rights violation has occurred while they are carrying out their duties.
“As I have said, all those who are accusing the PNP that we have committed many cases of human rights violations, we are open to a (full investigation),” said Gamboa.
It was triggered by incidents involving police such as the shooting of former Army Cpl. Winston Ragos at a checkpoint in Quezon City, a confrontation that resulted in a collision between a foreigner and a police officer in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City, and police shouted at the residents at a condominium in Taguig City for failing to comply with social distancing.
Nonetheless, the PNP Chief reminded police officers guarding the checkpoints to respect human rights.
“On our part, we keep on reminding our policemen and if ever there is an incident that transpired, we will have an impartial investigation,” he said.
PNP is now considering the use of a taser in quarantine control points (QCPs).
Gamboa urged the public to maintain physical or social distancing especially in areas under the general quarantine community.
According to the official basis of their assessment, since the ECQ was implemented on March 17, there has been a significant decrease in the number of violators especially during its first extension in the third and fourth months of April.