Malacañang on Sunday reminded policemen to show the good example of being law-abiding citizens by avoiding the commission of illegal acts such as torture and summary killing.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan, said torture and other forms of physical and mental abuses have no place in government service and that such acts are being “closely monitored” by the Commission on Human Rights.
“[Our agents of the law are reminded that they have to enforce the law, which they should be the first to follow],” Coloma added.
He raised the issue on torture in reaction to the recent killing of a tricycle driver by four Manila policemen on suspicion that the driver was a hold-up man.
Coloma commended prompt action by the police leadership in making the four policemen face the consequences of their action.
He also cited the newly appointed Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez, for taking swift action against the Manila policemen.
Four of the five policemen, according to Coloma, are already in the hands of the Manila police.