Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa on Thursday ordered the reassignment to the PNP Special Action Force of two Pasig City policemen who were caught on video fleeing and seeking cover while a shooting incident was taking place near them.
PO1 Herminio D. Manalastas and Jayson S. Riego were relieved from the Pasig City Police Station and were transferred to the PNP-SAF effective November 24 after they fell short of expectations during a shooting incident inside a store in Pasig last Nov. 11, said PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo B. Carlos.
The PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management, headed by Director Fernando H. Mendez Jr., issued Special Orders Number 9682 for the two policemen who have become the butt of jokes after they were seen in national television fleeing and seeking cover while a gunman was shooting his target who was very near them.
Carlos said the two policemen were recommended to undergo PNP SAF Commando Training which include law enforcement and military operations course.
“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating mga pulis ay dapat na maging sensitibo sa nangyayari sa kanilang paligid at laging unahin ang pagresponde sa mga nangangailangan. We have this sworn duty to serve and protect and we have to be more dedicated because it is our mandated task,” said Carlos.
The father of the victim of the fatal gun attack earlier said he was very disgusted by the act of cowardice displayed by the two rookie cops. The man said his son could still be alive had the two policemen went after the armed man and exchanged fire with them instead of hiding in a corner not knowing that their act of cowardice is being recorded by the store’s CCTV cameras.
The video showed the two Pasig policemen in uniform running away while a gunman was shooting his target. The suspect was even caught on video aiming his gun at the direction of the policemen who did not make any move to fire their guns.
“As what our Chief PNP always say, we want them to adapt a warrior culture. Gusto namin na ang pulis ay palaban, matapang at hindi duwag. ’Yung totoong pulis na lumalaban at hindi tumatakbo sa labanan. ’Yan ang kultura na gusto nating i-develop sa PNP pero hindi naman ’yung abusado,” Carlos explained.