PNP reports decline in number of human rights violations committed by policemen

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The Philippine National Police Human Rights Affairs Office (PNP HRAO) has reported a drop in cases of human rights violations committed by cops.

PNP HRAO Director PCSupt. Dennis Siervo said 174 cases were recorded in 2014, 131 in 2015, and 105 in 2016.

“There is a downward trend on personnel involved in human rights violations despite the fact that the half of the previous year there was a change of administration,” PNP HRAO director PCSupt. Dennis Siervo said.

PCSupt. Dennis Siervo noted the need to intensify  monitoring of human rights violations among their ranks.

Especially since, he said, 56 human rights violation cases have been recorded in the first two months of this year.

Many of the violations include homicide, illegal and arbitrary detention, unlawful arrest and rape.

This prompted the PNP HRAO to visit police offices in regions with the highest number of violations.

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These are in regions one, seven, and the national capital region.

“We are reviewing their operation procedures because when you speak of human rights based on policy, it is professionalism, competency and strict observance of the police operational procedures… we are reminding those who forget,” PCSupt. Siervo added.

Highest police ranks identified to have committed human rights violations are police superintendent in the rank of police commissioned officer; and senior police office 4 (SPO4) in the rank of police non-commissioned officers.

With this, PNP HRAO said it will continue to distribute among cops pamphlets containing the Miranda rights as a constant reminder. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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