CIDG shrugs off brutality claim

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Monday, February 24, 2014


A TOP official of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Davao shrugged off allegations of police brutality during the raid at Barangay Ilang, Tibungco Davao City on Friday claiming that police were able to follow the police operational procedures.

CIDG regional director Joel Fernito, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao Monday, said: "We normally implement the operations based on the police operational procedures. We had witnesses from the Department of Justice and the media. We have also made a case build-up against the suspects. So as far as I know, we did the implementation of the search warrant correctly."

He also said relatives or friends of the arrested suspects can easily make accusations that there was police brutality during the raid as they consider the authorities as enemies and thus need to tarnish the image of the police.

"They are just trying to undermine and discredit the operation and the efforts of our officers by making such accusation. But from our end, we could say that the operation was successful and there was no police brutality," Fernito said.

Contrary to the claims of Fernito, a relative of one of the arrested suspects who refused to be identified, said his relative was forcefully arrested and was injured in the process despite turning himself in to the authorities.

The complainant said his family member was sleeping when the raid took place and when the authorities reached his home, he even told police that he is willing to cooperate yet the police officer allegedly whacked the suspect's face with an assault rifle.

"Kung dakpon nila, dili na lang unta nila pasakitan. Nisurender na man gani to pero ila gihapon gipasakitan (If they are going to make an arrest, they should not hurt the suspects. The suspect even surrendered and still they hurt him)," a relative of the suspect said.

The suspect, who was allegedly hurt by the police during the raid, also refused to be identified. He was among the 37 suspects charged before the City Prosecution Office yesterday.

Sun.Star Davao tried to get a statement from the Davao City Police Office and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Davao but to no avail.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 25, 2014.

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