By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) urged on Friday complainants of the so-called “sex for pass” scheme to file charges against any of its erring police personnel so they can be tried in court and punished.
Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa, PNP Chief, said he has heard “sweeping allegations” from unidentified sources claiming that physical and sexual abuse had been committed against women and that these are committed by some police frontliners in quarantine checkpoints.
“The PNP takes these allegations seriously because we respect women and honor their role in [the] society. We will not tolerate any form of physical or sexual abuse against women,” he said.
“I strongly urge those unnamed sources to immediately report to the PNP and file charges against suspected wrongdoers,” he added.
Some complainants posted their allegations on social media networks claiming that some women are being harassed by police officers in quarantine checkpoints.
Others are allegedly being visited by the cops in their houses to deliver quarantine passes in exchange for sexual favors.
According to Gamboa, the moment that a police officer commits the “sex for pass” crime, he stops being a law enforcer and becomes a criminal or a sexual predator.
He also commended police frontliners who continue to risk their lives to keep the country and the public safe from the virus.
“It is unfair that they become part of an unfounded generalization simply because of the criminal actions of a few,” he said.
It can be recalled that some personnel of the Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) were deployed to ensure policemen on the ground are following the protocols in manning quarantine checkpoints.