Press Release
March 12, 2009

On 51,000 cops not having guns

Equipping our policemen should be a priority for government if they are to be effective in keeping the peace and in enforcing the law. But more than just providing policemen firearms, they must be trained to use it only as a last recourse, ever mindful of the sanctity of human lives and the need to protect human rights.

All policemen must be thoroughly familiarized and mandated to follow the rules of engagement to avoid a repeat of the bloodshed similar to the Ortigas and EDSA incidents, in which the police had been accused of using excessive force.

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