MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has promised that the police officer who shot dead a 52-year-old woman in Quezon City on May 31 will go to prison.
Duterte made the vow during his interview with SMNI’s “Exclusive” aired on Tuesday night, assuring that he would not tolerate policemen who commit crimes.
“Makulong iyan. Sigurado. I will see to it na makulong iyan (He will be imprisoned. That’s for sure. I will see to it that he will go to prison),” he said.
Duterte was referring to the case of Master Sgt. Hensie Zinampan who was caught on video fatally shooting his neighbor, Lilybeth Valdez, in Greater Fairview village in Quezon City on May 31.
Zinampan is already in police custody and has been slapped with criminal and administrative charges.
The latest shooting incident came less than six months after the killing of 52-year-old Sonia Gregorio and her 25-year-old son Frank Anthony in Paniqui, Tarlac by their neighbor, Master Sgt. Jonel Nuezca in December 2020.
Duterte said erring policemen “have to pay.”
He lamented that cops who could not handle a “petty quarrel” have been able to pass the neuropsychiatric test for aspiring police officers.
“Iyang mga pulis, akalain niyong matapang. Madali lang silang ano, barilin yung babae tapos ano… Bakit nakapasa ng neuro iyan? A petty quarrel tapos ganoonin mo (Those cops are too bold. They easily lose their temper. They shot women. How were they able to pass the neuro [psychiatric test] if they could not handle a petty quarrel)?” he said.
Duterte said he would only defend a policeman or a soldier in case they kill a person in the line of duty.
“Ang aking (My) rule is if you are a military man, you are a policeman, you do your duty in accordance with law tapos masabit ka (when you commit a mistake), I will defend you,” he said.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on June 3 ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to tighten measures that would instill discipline among its ranks in the wake of incidents of violence involving police officers.
On Monday, PNP Chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, told police commanders to ensure the strict monitoring of the behavior of their personnel, especially those who are manifesting signs of emotional and mental health problems. (PNA)