Dela Rosa confronts abusive cops who beat up curfew violators

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa confronted late Wednesday night the policemen who beat up curfew violators inside a barangay hall in Mandaluyong City.

PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos said Dela Rosa immediately went to the Mandaluyong police station to talk to his men after he was shown the video of a cop hitting two men with rattan stick.

He said Dela Rosa immediately ordered that the policemen who were seen in the video be disarmed and be charged administratively.

On Tuesday evening, one of the victims secretly took a video of Police Officer 1 Jose Julius Tandog while hitting him and his companion with a rattan stick after being brought to a barangay hall in Mandaluyong City for drinking alcohol after curfew hours.

Based on the video, Tandog and his colleague PO1 Chito Enriques even threatened to shoot the complainants.

The victim said Tandog only stopped hitting him when his relatives arrived.

To his defense, Tandog said he was provoked by the victim as he hit him first while they were onboard the police vehicle on their way to the barangay hall.

Tandog even showed the scratch mark on his face.

Carlos said the victim will not press charges against Tandog after the cop agreed to shoulder all hospital expenses. But Tandog cannot escape administrative liability for gross misconduct, he added.

"We will make sure 'yung kaso nilang administratibo para hindi sila tularan na ganitong klaseng pulis na kabata-bata eh nanakit," he said.

The PNP chief, he said, wants to deploy Tandog to the strife-torn Marawi City where fighting between government troops and Islamist extremists are ongoing. (SunStar Philippines)

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