Philippines LGBT group accuse police of failing to serve and protect

admin   •   June 29, 2016   •   3841

Supporters wave rainbow flags while marching during a LGBT Pride parade in metro Manila, Philippines June 25, 2016. REUTERS/ROMEO RANOCO

Supporters wave rainbow flags while marching during a LGBT Pride parade in metro Manila, Philippines June 25, 2016.
REUTERS/ROMEO RANOCO

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Philippines face extortion, violence and rape when seeking help from the police and do not trust law enforcement officers to protect them, a rights group said

A report detailing police abuses against LGBT people says police officers often assume that gay men and transgender women are sex workers, and deny assistance to them.

It also noted police bias in domestic violence cases involving lesbian couples, in which the more “butch” partner is automatically assumed to be the perpetrator.

“It is really bad because you don’t see the police as an institution where you can get protection,” said Ging Cristobal, author of the report and prominent Filipina activist working with New York-based rights group OutRight Action International.

“The motto of Philippines National Police is ‘to serve and protect’, but in terms of the information we get, it’s exactly the opposite,” she said in a Skype interview from Manila.

Philippines Police Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor said police are instructed to respect all people, regardless of race, religion and gender.

“We do not discriminate against the LGBT community in our police operations, in making arrests or in assisting them in whatever way the police could,” he said.

“We have a human rights office that helps the leadership craft policies and operational procedures that protect and respect human rights, not only for the LGBT but for all people, especially the accused,” he added.

The report said a lack of guidelines on dealing with LGBT people in the Philippines police’s operational handbook means officers are “left to use their personal judgment” when frisking, making arrests and detaining LGBT people.

Transgender women may be patted down by male officers and detained in male cells without consideration for their safety. Transgender men may be groped to see if they have breasts, though some have not have had a mastectomy, Cristobal said.

The report said one gay man went to police after being raped was laughed at and asked, “Isn’t that what you want?”

In another case, a gay man was picked up for sex by an officer, who ordered him to perform oral sex, then robbed him of his watch and money, the report said.

The victim reported the incident to his brother, an officer in another city, and the offending policeman was arrested to face charges of rape, robbery and usurpation of authority, it said.

LGBT people who have kept their sexual orientation or gender identity secret from family, school authorities, friends and colleagues are vulnerable to police extortion, the study said.

Yet many abuses go unreported.

“No one wants to file a complaint against police because they can’t trust police will conduct an investigation against co-police officers, so impunity happens,” Cristobal said.

The report called for the Philippines National Police to amend its operations handbook to include specific procedures for sensitive handling of LGBT people, particularly during body searches and detention.

It also recommends that police academies teach students about issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

(Reporting by Alisa Tang @alisatang, additional reporting by Manuel Mogato in Manila, editing by Ros Russell and Katie Nguyen; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, corruption and climate change. Visit news.trust.org to see more stories)

Police nab 1 of 13 Caloocan jail escapees

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2020

Police authorities caught one of the 13 detainees that escaped from Caloocan Custodial Facility Unit Extension on Thursday (October 22).

The detainee, identified as Aries Dunacao, was caught in his home Thursday morning.

Caloocan Chief of Police PCol. Dario Menor said they still continue their manhunt operation for the other 12 whose crimes involve illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, and robbery.

Menor said the 13 detainees were under quarantine for 51 days and were supposed to get transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Facility which might have pushed them to escape.

Alam kasi nila na ililipat sila sa BJMP, kasi natapos na po sila ng quarantine ng 51 days, mayroon kasi kami na ginawa na rapid test noon (They know they will be transferred to the BJMP because their 51-day quarantine has been finished. We conducted a rapid test there),” he said.

Based on the rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), two of the 13 escaped detainees are positive for COVID-19, however they tested negative on the confirmatory or swab test.

Meanwhile, two police officers assigned to the Caloocan custodial facility were removed from their posts.

“They will be facing an investigation. In fact, we are now conducting the investigation,” according to Menor. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

No parties for PNP, AFP in areas under GCQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not be holding office parties during the holiday season in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan said the guidelines provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) states that mass gathering is prohibited in areas under GCQ.

Cascolan also said rather than spending for parties for the holiday season, said the money will be allotted to the government’s COVID-19 fund.

The funds can also be used for the agency’s food bank.

“No Christmas party for the Philippine National Police, they will understand that, instead of using the funds for the Christmas party. We will giving it out for COVID-19 patients or maybe for the COVID fund,” he said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, in a statement, also said Metro Manila mayors also agreed to the protocol.

“Under GCQ bawal pa ang parties. Ang ating NCR nagkasundo ang mga Metro Mayors na GCQ muna tayo (Under GCQ, parties are prohibited. Our Metro Manila mayors agreed we are still under GCQ),” Año said.

Cascolan also reminded PNP ground commanders to increase police visibility especially in crowded places especially during the holidays.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has also announced that all its units will not be holding holiday parties this year.

In a statement released Tuesday, the AFP said the amount that would have been spent for the said Yuletide revelries will be merged with the mass of funds to address COVID-19 requirements of their personnel.

“Defer Christmas parties and similar celebrations as an austerity measure and as a gesture of sensitivity to our countrymen. Fellow Filipinos here and abroad have been suffering. And this is the least we can do to commiserate with the people we have sworn to secure and serve especially in this time of crisis”, AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay.

The statement added that the ban on all festivities during the holidays also conforms with the health protocols that proscribes mass gatherings which the AFP strictly enforces and observes. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Police general injured in chopper crash passes away – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A police general who was among the officials involved in a helicopter crash in March has passed away, a police official said Tuesday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Ysmael Yu confirmed that Police Major General Jose Ma. Victor “Jovic” Ramos has died after more than seven months of fighting for his life.

Ramos, who served as PNP Directorate for Comptrollership, had been in critical condition since the chopper crash in Laguna. He sustained the most serious injuries among the seven people on board the helicopter, including then PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

“The PNP is saddened by this news, in behalf of the CPNP PGen Cascolan, the Philippine National Police extends its condolences to the family and to PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986,” Yu said in a statement.

According to PNP chief General Camilo Cascolan, Ramos passed away around 12:07 a.m.

“I join the officers and personnel of the Philippine National Police in prayer and mourning over the passing of Police Major General Jose Victor Ramos at 12:07AM today after a long hard battle due to serious injuries he sustained during that fateful helicopter accident in San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020,” he said in a separate statement.

Cascolan revealed that Ramos’ remains were cremated and brought to the Eternal Gardens in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

“He will be accorded full honors befitting a police general,” the PNP chief said.

Other police officials involved in the chopper crash were then Police spokesperson Lt. Col. Bernard Banac, Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Mariel Magaway, pilots PLt. Col. Ruel Zalatar and PLt. Col. Rico Macawili, crew member PSMSgt. Louie Estona and Gamboa’s aide de camp PCapt. Kevent Gayramara.

Magaway also suffered serious injuries but recovered and was discharged in May.

Zalatar, Macawili and Estona are currently facing investigation related to the crash. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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