Lacson: Rogue cops deserve to be shamed

MANILA-- Rogue cops who keep shaming the Philippine National Police (PNP) deserve to be shamed, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday amid ongoing efforts to cleanse the police ranks.

Lacson, former PNP chief, made this remark after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte threw insults at over 200 policemen when they faced him in Malacanang on Tuesday. The President also ordered their deployment to Basilan.

He said that errant behavior among cops was "contagious" and that it was important to "nip the bud" this early.

Asked if publicly humiliating cops was effective, Lacson said answered "yes and no."

He explained that on one side, it would be unfair to include cops whose offenses are not validated but on the other hand, he said that it could also have a positive effect since they would no longer copy other cops' errant ways.

The senator also said that he was supportive with Pres. Duterte's decision to reassign rogue cops but said that the President should not "single out Mindanao."

"Ang dahilan sa transfer, para ma-uproot ang masamang pulis sa lugar na napakalakas ng impluwensya niya (The reason for transfer is to uproot scalawag cops from areas where they have strong influence)," Lacson said.

"Pag yan inalis mo halimbawa sa NCR ilagay sa Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Samar, wala siyang influence doon. Matututo siya maging pulis doon (If you uproot them from NCR and reassign them to Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Samar, he won't have influence there. He'll learn to be cop there)," he added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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