“Significant” human rights abuses have been committed by and for the PH government, US State Department says


Marcos was the former head of PNP Group 8’s Criminal Investigations and Investigations Division, promoted to head of the 12th PNP Regional Office just 15 months after Espinosa’s assassination and months of Senate hearings.

While the Congressional Nominating Committee determines whether senior officers selected for promotion have a history of human rights abuses, the US State Department found that this merely implies that the commission can indefinitely defer a promotion if they reveals a history of abuse.

However, violations do not preclude promotion.

PNP refutes report

Contrary to the State Department’s findings, the PNP reiterated in a statement Thursday that during its internal cleanup program from July 2016 to March 30, 2022, it had already fired 5,999 “missing” employees after facing administrative charges for serious misdemeanors .
The PNP said 714 of those police officers were also involved in drug-related cases.

It also showed that 1,129 other officers were demoted, 10,490 suspended, 848 faced with loss of salary, 2,475 reprimanded, 208 restricted, and privileges for 286 other staff members were denied.

“These numbers of penalized personnel reflect the PNP’s commitment to purging its ranks to fulfill its mandate to protect the community,” the PNP said.

For this reason, the PNP said it rejects the latest report from the US State Department.

“While we are not entirely disregarding this report, the PNP would like to respond with all of the significant achievements of the IAS, as noted above,” PNP said.

By: Zacarian Sarao

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