Press Release
April 28, 2017

Sen. Bam: Secret jail cell 'unacceptable', punish abusive policemen

Sen. Bam Aquino urged the government not to treat with kid gloves erring policemen who were behind the secret jail cell discovered inside a police station in Manila, insisting that they should be held accountable for their actions.

"Hindi katanggap-tanggap ang ganitong pagmamalabis. Kailangan itong maimbestigahan at matigil," said Sen. Bam, referring to the clandestine jail cell uncovered by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) inside the Raxabago police station in Tondo, Manila.

Twelve people, who were arrested during anti-illegal drug operations, were found locked up inside the jail.

"We have to be serious about making erring policemen accountable, otherwise these abuses will continue and even flourish," added Sen. Bam.

As the government's enforcement arm in its war against illegal drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) should safeguard public's trust by ensuring that scalawag policemen are punished accordingly.

"Nakasalalay ang tiwala ng sambayanang Pilipino sa mga susunod na hakbang ng kapulisan. Kailangang paigtingin ang kampanya laban sa mga iskalawag na pulis at pang-aabuso," said Sen. Bam.

"If the administration's priority is the drug war, then we need an upstanding police force. Transferring scalawag policemen to Basilan is not enough," the senator emphasized, adding that "the rest of the world is watching closely and Filipino lives hang in the balance".

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