PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa yesterday said he is sorry for the Mandaluyong policemen who got involved in a deadly shooting incident last December 28 but they should answer for their misdeeds.
“I’m sorry for them. I know they did not act with ill-intent. They acted in the performance of duty. Pumalpak nga lang. Nagoyo lang sila ng maling info and all hell broke loose,” the PNP chief told newsmen in Camp Crame. However, he promised to provide legal assistance to the concerned policemen whom he said were performing their duties when they got into trouble.
“Kawawa naman ang mga pulis ko. Nagtatrabaho lang sila pero pumalpak. Pero mabuti na ang tanga na me malinis na kalooban kesa marunong na guwagawa naman ng kalokohan,” he said.
The PNP chief admitted that the Mandaluyong City incident again proved that the police force is not perfect. “Hindi kami perpekto, meron kaming kapalpakan pero hindi naming kino-condone ang mali ng mga tao namin, inaamin namin ’yun,” he said.
As a proof that they are not condoning misdeeds in the organization, Dela Rosa said that National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde immediately ordered the administrative relief and jailing of the 10 Mandaluyong City policemen as well as the barangay ‘tanods’ accused of firing at a group of unarmed civilians out to bring a wounded fellow to the hospital killing two of the victims and injuring two others.
“The fact na pinakulong ni Gen. Albayalde ’yung 10 pulis at inquested sila ay indication na we’re serious,” he said. The PNP chief also called on one of those inquested to surrender and prove her innocence in court.