Women’s group: Police force must be protectors not perpetrators

Violence should not be inflicted on anyone.

This was stated by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) on Tuesday, April 18, in response to a viral video showing a police officer maltreating his partner.

“We cannot even begin to imagine the immense pain that she was subjected to, given those strong kicks and blows, coupled with curses,” said PCW in a press statement on Tuesday.

“[We] reiterate that all forms of violence should not be inflicted on anyone. No one, regardless of their gender, stature in life, [and] circumstances should be subjected to violence that can leave them physically and psychologically damaged, almost to the verge of death,” it added.

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All forms of violence – may it be captured or not, and whoever the perpetrators and the victims are – should be condemned according to PCW. In the same statement, the commission urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to further look into the matter and ensure that justice will be served.

“May the agency also continue to inculcate gender sensitivity to all police officers that they will be protectors of women from violence, not the perpetrator of it,” PCW underscored.

Data from PNP showed that at least 7,424 cases of violence against women and children were reported in 2022.