‘Continuous, prolonged duty of cops poses health-related hazards’ — CHR

Published May 18, 2022, 11:10 AM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

PNP members preparing for duty

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to look deeper into “health-related hazards posed by several days of continuous work by law enforcers.”

In a statement, the CHR said the untimely death of Senior Police Officer III (SPO3) Manuel Escalona last May 10 “brings to light the stress and health-related hazards law enforcers face in keeping peace in the community and preventing commission of crimes.”

Escalona was reported to have succumbed to a heart attack after having been deployed for three straight days on elections duty.

CHR Executive Director Jacqueline Ann de Guia said the commission commiserates with the family of Escalona and the entire Muntinlupa City police.

“We hope that that the Philippine National Police leadership would look into this incident to prevent its re-occurrence and to take into account the overall health of its officers through equitable distribution of work assignments,” De Guia said.

Muntinlupa City’s Acting Police Chief Col. Angel Garcillano has already facilitated the claims and financial assistance to Escalona’s bereaved family, which the CHR has welcomed, she said.

The CHR paid tribute to Escalona and his fellow law enforcers who took part in protecting the sanctity of the ballot last elections and ensuring peace and order in Muntinlupa City, she added.