Tuesday, 21 February 2012 10:21
DAVAO CITY - Charges of human rights violations before the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) reined the police in running after criminals, according to Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Speaking in the public affairs program “Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa” on Sunday here, Duterte said the human rights charges filed against 27 police officers who performed in the line of duty several years ago tend to restrain law enforcers to go all out in arresting criminals.
Duterte said though several of those implicated in human rights charges were promoted to higher ranks, some of them who already retired from government service could not get their retirement pay.
“The series of investigations conducted by the CHR did not identify the perpetrators and up to this time, they have not pinpointed the suspects. It was a shotgun charged that implicated even those who were assigned in precincts for a short time,” he said.
Duterte underscored that in the filing of charges against several police officers, their human rights were violated.
He said it was the reason why many policemen were afraid even in arresting offenders.
Duterte revealed just recently a human rights case against 13 police officers of the Talomo Police Precinct, who he provided assistance, was dismissed. He said policemen under this predicament had to spend for their legal woes.
“These are the things that I hope the CHR, the prosecution and all courts must consider that the life of policemen is difficult,” Duterte.
He advised law enforcers to carry on with their job and to take extreme but legal steps in implementing law and order.
Duterte said that once policemen scuffle with criminals, the former are prone to be charged with human rights violation.
“Policemen who have no human rights violation charges are not doing your job. I do not mean that you have to commit illegal acts like killings. You have to arrest criminals even if you will be sued with human rights violation,” he said.
Duterte maintained policemen must not be afraid of human rights charges since they are being paid by government through the taxes of the people.
“Do your job, even if you will face charges. You work hard,” he said. Duterte said policemen who cannot perform even with the occurrence of serious criminal incidents in their jurisdiction must look for assignments elsewhere.
He said they do not belong in the city, being a junction of peoples in Mindanao. He also urged the CHR to take note of the lives of innocent civilians whose rights were violated by criminals.
“Victims both when alive and even in their deaths also have human rights,” Duterte said.
He also chided human rights monitors who have not contributed anything for the reduction of criminal incidents in the city.
Duterte said these groups were seemingly receiving their funding from their international partners without providing solutions to the rising crimes.
“You look at the innocent lives wasted along the way in your hungry quest to report something to justify your funding here,” he said.
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