Full wrath of law awaits cops who abuse women

November 01, 2018

“THE full wrath of the law definitely awaits anyone found guilty of committing violence against women (VAW).”

This was stressed yesterday by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in response to the report of the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), which claimed that 56 cops are involved in 33 state-perpetrated VAW cases that it has monitored since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016.

PNP- Public Information Office (PIO) Chief Police Chief Supt.Bemigmo Durana said the PNP does not condone acts of violence against women (VAW).

“The Philippine National Police abhors any form of violence committed against women. The full wrath of the law definitely awaits anyone found guilty of committing such horrendous crime,” Durana said.

In line with this, Durana described the statement made by CWR as irresponsible particularly when they allegedly claimed that crimes individually committed by a handful of police officers are “state -perpetrated”.

“It is therefore absolutely irresponsible on the part of the Center for Women’s Resources to even claim that crimes individually committed by a handful of police officers are ‘state-perpetrated’.” Durana said.

Durana explained that the statement of CWR insinuated that those crimes against women were in a way condoned by the PNP or the State.

“A regular reader would immediately recognize such sweeping conclusion against an institution only reveals an utter lack of intellectual honesty of those who interpreted their data.” Durana added.

He stressed that the PNP leadership continues to implement a harsh crackdown against rogue policemen.

“While we can be tough on crimes, we are far tougher against our erring personnel. There has been no other time in the PNP’s recent history, except today, that its leadership has been relentless and unforgiving against those who violated their oaths,” he said.

Durana said like any other organization, the PNP has also its own share of personnel considered as bad eggs but they do not represent the entire majority of service personnel who are professional, honest and dedicated.

He said the PNP through Patrol plan 2030 has institutional reforms that are currently in full swing to address legal, policy and systemic dysfunctions in the PNP in order for the force to be become a highly capable, effective and credible police service that the Filipino people truly deserve.