By Martin Sadongdong
The rookie policeman who allegedly raped the daughter of a couple arrested over drug charges will be punished with the full force of the law if proven he is guilty of the charge, the country’s top cop vowed on Monday.
Police Officer 1 Eduardo Valencia, assigned at Manila Police District (MPD)’s Sampaloc Police Station (PS-4), was arrested in Pasig City on Saturday. He is being accused of raping a 15-year-old girl whose parents were apprehended for illegal drug charges.
“I’d like to assure the public that we will show no mercy if siya ay mapatunayan na guilty dyan (if proven he is guilty). Both administratively and criminally, he will be charged,” Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde told reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Albayalde said he has yet to talk to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar, who lashed out at Valencia on Sunday, about the recent blunder in the PNP.
“The way we see it, doon palang siguro kaya na niya iyon (he can handle that). Alam naman niya (He knows) we will not tolerate those misdeeds,” he noted.
Police investigation said Valencia brought the victim to a motel in Santa Mesa, Manila for sexual favors in exchange of her parents’ freedom.
Accordingly, a medico-legal performed on the body of the victim showed lacerations on her private part. This was confirmed by Eleazar when he met the suspect at Sampaloc Police Station.
As for Albayalde, he said continuous internal cleansing is being implemented to weed out rogue cops who continue to engage in illegal activities. He also emphasized that this is the reason why they want to handle the training of recruits at Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and National Police Training Institute (NPTI).
“Ito ‘yung pilit natin palaging sinasabi, ‘yung training ng ating mga kapulisan, not only mga PO1s but also mga kadete natin bago maging commander. So hopefully kapag nakuha namin, we will be able to change the culture and way of life nitong mga bagong magpupulis natin (This is what we always say, the training of our cops, not only the POSs but also the cadets before they become commanders. Hopefully when we get it, we will be able to change the culture and way of life of these new cops),” he stated.
The current training of new cops is being handled by the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).
The PNP Chief also reacted to Valencia’s controversial statement which allegedly indicated that the “rape culture” in PNP is “not new.”
“Sir, hindi na po bago sa ating mga operatiba ‘yung ganoon kapag may nahuli po tayo na mag-asawang drug pusher (Sir, it’s not new for operatives like us when we arrest a couple who are drug pushers),” Valencia told Eleazar during their meeting.
Social media posts that went viral alleged that Valencia was referring to the “rape culture” in the PNP but Albayalde clarified Valencia may have been referring to the counter-charges against cops.
“Tama rin ‘yung sinasabi niya na pwedeng balik o counter-charge ‘yan para medyo mabigyan ng elbow room ‘yung mga nakakulong doon, may counter-charge sa kapulisan (Valencia] may also be right in saying that it could be a counter-charge to give an elbow room to jailed suspects),” Albayalde explained.
“Let him prove that kasi hindi naman natin sinasabi na guilty ‘yung pulis na ‘yun kaya nga he will be given due process also, pwede kasi ‘yun (Let him prove that because we are not saying the cop is already guilty that’s why he will be given due process, it is a possibility),” he added.
Valencia was detained at Sampaloc Police Station where he is facing rape charges. Meanwhile, the victim was placed under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Furthermore, the PNP assured there will be no whitewash in the conduct of the investigation.
“Never naman natin kinover ‘yan (We have never made coverups). We will show no mercy here,” he concluded.