PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar
By Junex Doronio
MANILA — Learning that some policemen are making money from detainees who should have been released, an incensed Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar on Monday, September 6, ordered a thorough investigation into the complaints.
“Nakarating sa akin ang mga reklamo ng ating mga kababayan tungkol sa diumano’y ilegal na aktibidad ng ilang tiwaling mga pulis kung saan sinasadyang patagalin ang pag-release ng mga detainees kahit may court order na upang pagkakitaan sa pamamagitan ng sinisingil na ‘board and lodging fee’, ‘protection fee’ at may ‘visitation fee’ pa,” Eleazar said.
The PNP chief stressed that he will not tolerate any form of corruption or abuse by policemen under his watch.
“Hindi natin papayagan ang ganitong uri ng korapsyon sa aming hanay at tinitiyak ko na mamalasin ang sinumang utak-kriminal na pulis na sangkot dito,” he said.
It was gathered that the PNP chief received complaints that some policemen have been deliberately delaying the release of detainees despite the existence of a release order from the courts where detainees were charged after posting bail.
“Dahil dito, inatasan ko na ang aming Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group na magsagawa ng imbestigasyon at mga operasyon tungkol dito kaya hinihikayat ko ang ating mga kababayan na makipagtulungan upang matukoy at agad na maparusahan ang mga pulis na sangkot dito,” Eleazar said.
He was informed that the erring policemen would allegedly reason out that they could not yet release the detainees despite the court order as they still have to check if the subject detainees are facing other cases.
Eleazar pointed out that a background check on detainees must be done right after the arrest, purposely to determine if the subject detainees are also facing other cases or wanted for other criminal activities.
“I am also ordering all chiefs of police and other unit commanders to immediately release detainees under their custody if a court order is already issued and if the subject detainees have already complied with all the requirements for their release, except if they have other pending cases and if there are other legal grounds to continue their detention,” Eleazar said.
The PNP chief explained that the order is to ensure not only respect to the due process and existing laws but also to deny a few erring policemen to take advantage of the detainees and their relatives. (ai/mtvn)