Senators slam ‘Bato’


    Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon slammed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa for abetting the use by the Manila police force of a secret jail cell.

    “Defending an unlivable prison cell hidden behind a book shelf inside a police station is incomprehensible. It is also very arrogant,” Lacson said in his Twitter account.

    A team from the Commission on Human Rights discovered the secret cell of Station 1 of the Manila Police District last week. Crammed inside the small room were 12 people.

    De la Rosa defended the use of the cell.

    Lacson said the use of the secret cell is indefensible.

    Drilon meanwhile said using hidden cells violates the Constitution, the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 and the Revised Penal Code.

    He noted that Section 12(2), Article III of the Constitution explicitly prohibits “secret detention places, solitary, incommunicado, or other similar forms of detention.”

    He also cited the Revised Penal Code, which imposes penalties on public officials and employees who “detain any person for some legal ground and shall fail to deliver such person to the proper judicial authorities within the prescribed period.”

    “I do not see how General de la Rosa can say that his cops did nothing wrong, when the Constitution and the law is clear that having a secret detention is illegal,” Drilon said in a statement.

    He insisted that de la Rosa and the entire PNP leadership should pursue a more decisive stance against the erring police officers.

    The senator also expressed alarm over the culture of impunity among policemen, saying not a single police officer has been held accountable for the death of thousands under the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. He cited the case of Supt. Marvin Marcos, who was tagged in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. as well as the policemen who were involved in the killing of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo inside the national headquarters of the PNP in Camp Crame.


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    1. Our senators should take a look on this and try to find governing laws that will improve our jail management so these things could be avoided in the future.

    2. dating kriminal on

      The PNP should get their act together because the whole world is watching them. Bato once again, stepped on his little dick about this secret jail cell, and it seems like he has lost his mind because he can no longer tell the difference between right and wrong. It can no longer get into his brain that just by looking at the secret jail cell, people are packed like sardines without proper ventilation and sanitation. I have witnessed enemy combatants captured in the battlefields during armed conflict, were treated thousand times better than this group of people detained in a secret jail cell. A very disgusting and arrogant behavior of the PNP, coming from the highest level.

    3. Instead of wasting your time in all these rhetorics, why not initiate measures to improve the jail cells and make them comfy for the detainees, instead of waiting and gloating over media scoops like this and use it as publicity tool to gain pogi points. It sounds preposterous when lawmakers just spend most of their precious time in airconditioned offices and react like bulls jolted out of their slumber when sensationalized stories fill the newspaper front pages.

    4. Anong pinagsasabi ni Drilon? E nakakulong kaya at may kaso na sina Marcos at yung sa koreano nakakulong na din. Gusto lang makapanloko kahit mag sinungaling na lang.

    5. aladin g. villacorte on

      This arrogant display of impunity is incontrovertible proof that President Duterte’s pledge of pardon to every erring cop has, like a flower seed, already been planted on rich soil and now in bloom.