THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said that it sees nothing wrong with the “walk of shame” being enforced by the city government of Tanauan, Batangas on arrested drug suspects, a ranking police official said on Tuesday.
PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, told reporters in a media briefing that the “walk of shame” being enforced in Tanauan City is a local government initiative and part of the local chief executive’s strategy against criminality within his area of jurisdiction.
“We always base on law enforcement effort… on what is in the law, we will follow it,” Mayor told reporters in Filipino.
The PNP spokesman added that being part of law enforcement, their main task is to arrest and file charges against anyone who committed a crime.
Mayor said that they have an existing policy in which the presentation of arrested suspects is strictly prohibited, even to the members of the media, since the time of former PNP Chief Jesus Versoza.
He added that presenting suspects to the public has limitations, except for those with standing warrants of arrest or in the list of most wanted persons (MWP).