The two so-called “yantok policemen” from the Mandaluyong City Police Station have already “changed” since their deployment to Marawi City to use their “bravery” in battling the remaining Maute terrorists, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald de la Rosa said on Monday.
Citing reports coming from Marawi, De la Rosa said Police Officers 1 Jose Julius Tandog and Chito Enriquez were “performing well” and are now “too nice” to people.
“According to the people in Marawi, they have changed. They’re too nice and are not too tough now,” he told reporters in a news conference in Camp Crame.
The PNP chief deployed Tandog and Enriquez to Marawi City following an incident where they assaulted two arrested men with a nightstick after they violated a Mandaluyong city ordinance against drinking in the streets.
The actions of the policemen were caught in a video footage which circulated in social media, enraging De la Rosa and making him decide to transfer the two to Marawi City where government troopers are battling members of the Maute Group.
“If they won’t report in Marawi, it means that they do not want to be disciplined. It would be best if they will not report at all and just go AWOL (absent without leave) but if they will report, they are willing to submit to reformation initiatives of the PNP, it means that they want to change,” De la Rosa said.
“True enough, we received positive feedback sent by our fellow cops in Marawi wherein the erring cops have changed and showing they are disciplined enough, that’s a positive development for us,” he added.
So far, the PNP Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF) has arrested 56 personnel involved in various offenses. Of the number, 41 are police personnel while 15 are civilian personnel.
According to De la Rosa, these persons are mostly involved in extortion.
“All of them are now detained and facing charges. For the policemen, they are already facing administrative charges and will most likely be separated from the service,” he said.
The PNP-CITF recently arrested in an entrapment two Caloocan policemen for robbery and extortion while a member of the Manila Police District was arrested for asking money from bus terminals.