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Cops acted like ‘hooligans’–opposition

Posted in Crime, Criminal System, PNP by Erineus on April 18, 2009

MANILA, Philippines — The United Opposition (UNO) slammed the police’s handling of the case involving broadcaster Ted Failon, saying they acted like “hooligans” in effecting their arrests.

“The professional conduct of the police is deplorable. Even the presence of media did not deter them from acting like hooligans instead of law enforcers,” said UNO president Jejomar Binay in a statement.

Binay said the PNP disregarded its own rule of not presenting suspects to the media when it “publicly humiliated and paraded” the helpers and relatives of Failon like they were convicted criminals.

He said that under the law, a person was always presumed innocent until proven otherwise but the law enforcers reportedly failed to observe this — thus violating the rights of those arrested.

“During martial law, the police would use obstruction of justice to justify the arrest of oppositionists and activists. It seems that the practice continues and is being invoked against ordinary citizens,” said Binay.

Manhandling people, as what the officers did when they forced Failon’s kin and staff into the patrol cars, seemed to have become “standard operating procedure,” he added.