MANILA, Philippines – Based on the statement of 21-year old Zandy, not her real name, she was walking along Kamuning Avenue on the night of November 2 when a patrol car of the Quezon City police with body number 235 began to keep pace near her.
But instead of feeling safe, she felt harassed.
“Parang sumasabay tapos yung tingin po talaga is something na kahit sinong babae na naglalakad parang iisipin mong may malice po. Kasi yung mukha tapos nung narinig ko na pong nagsipol, doon na po ako tumigil sa paglakad po,” Zandy said.
(It seemed to be following me and the looks they were giving me…any woman would think there is malice in them. Because of the expression and the whistling, that was when I stopped walking.)
Because of the incident, Zandy filed a catcalling complaint against the policemen.
However, Zandy recognized only PO1 Domingo Cena since he was the one sitting in the passenger seat that time and rolled down the window of the patrol car.
However, after the investigation, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) discovered two more officers namely, PO2 Rick Tanguilan and SPO1 Ariel Camiling, were with Cena when the incident happened.
Tanguilan and Cena of the QCPD Station 8 are facing complaints for violation of the Anti-Catcalling Ordinance of Quezon City.
The cops will also face administrative cases. SPO1 Camiling will be administratively charged as well for attempting to cover up the incident.
“We’ll file conduct of unbecoming, dishonesty, for grave misconduct, ”QCPD District Director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said. “Clearly, act like this catcalling and making offensive facial and body gestures or harassment have no place or time in QCPD or in Quezon City,” he added.
The Quezon City Police has expressed admiration for Zandy’s courage in reporting the incident. – Abi Santa Ines | UNTV News & Rescue