QC gov’t moves to protect residents vs. police abuse

Published July 11, 2020, 6:44 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Quezon City residents who experience police abuse may now file a complaint with the local government following Mayor Joy Belmonte’s move to protect her constituents against erring officials.

In an executive order on Saturday (July 11), Belmonte designated lawyer Rafael Calinisan the executive officer of the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB). He is tasked to hear complaints from residents against any member of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Hopefully with the issuance of this executive order, residents of Quezon City would become more familiar with the PLEB, and would make use of this mechanism to report erring policemen, if needed,” Belmonte said.

Calinisan issued a warning that “abusive behavior of policemen will not be tolerated.”

“Here, what is most important is that we protect and uphold the constitutional rights of our people. Your People’s Law Enforcement Board will make sure of that. We will be fair. But we will administer justice without fear or favor,” he said.

Republic Act Nos. 6975 and 8551 mandate the creation of the PLEB, which is authorized by law to mete out heavy penalties against erring policemen, including withholding of police privileges, restriction to specified limits, suspension or forfeiture of salary, or any combination thereof, for a period not exceeding 30 days, or by dismissal.

“We pledge to make the PLEB relevant and responsive to the needs of the people. There will be swift justice,” Calinisan said.