MEMBERS of the Makati City Police who allegedly arrested the security guards of Dasmarina Village for refusing to allow the convoy Mayor Jun Jun Binay to pass a restricted gate, have a lot of explaining to do as Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, push for a senate inquiry on the incident.
Pimentel, is not buying the claims of the camp of Makati Mayor Jun-Jun Binay that the security guards were not arrested and that they willingly went with the police and stayed at the police station.
Pimentel, chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, said that the civil rights of security guards might have been violated when police hail them to their station on the pretext of the so-called “invitation” which he pointed out is actually a euphemism for illegal arrest.
The senator noted that he wants to know if there is really a policy regarding the so called “inviting” suspects for investigation at their headquarters even without an arrest warrant.
Pimentel cited the close circuit television (CCTV) camera footages of the standoff last November 30, showing members of the Makati police appeared to have forcibly taken the security guards to the station.
“This is already tantamount to an arrest and is a violation of civil liberties,” said Pimentel a member of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) the same party of vice President Jejomar Binay, father of the Makati city mayor.
Pimentel insisted that arrest without warrant, could only be impose when the police is actually in the crime scene during the commission of the crime or when he has probable cause to believe based on personal knowledge and when a person to be arrested is an escaped prisoner.
Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado, even blamed the security guards for refusing to to give courtesy and security assistance to the city mayor. Even the vice president insisted that his son should have been given courtesy.
Pimentel however made it clear that the investigation will not focus on the incident involving the mayor and the security guards but on the action of the police, inviting persons to police station even against their free will which he said is already a violation of the norm on warrantless arrest.
The camp of the Makati City mayor has been trying to put the issue to rest insisting that all those involve have already settled the issue, but some observers insisted that there is a bigger issue behind that incident and that is the “abuse of power”.
Earlier, Senate majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano has called on the Mayor to go on leave and allow the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to investigate the incident.,
Cayetano noted that the incident might be a small issue but what is concerning is that the security personnel of the mayor are willing to use force just to force the security guards to provide them courtesy.
” It’s a private property. Courtesy is not a right and you cannot demand courtesy by the barrel of the gun,” Cayetano said.
He added that if the Makati Mayor believes that he didn’t do anything wrong, he should allow the DILG to investigate. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA