If what’s on video tells the whole story, I enjoin the Philippine National Police leadership to show no mercy. They should spare no effort to make sure that he rots in jail. He’s the last policeman that they need in the force.
As a policy recommendation, policemen should turn in their issued firearms to their unit’s armorer or supply officer when on off-duty status. That said, they should not be issued Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) while still in the active service.
The PNP should always uphold its motto “To Serve and Protect.” That includes taking appropriate steps to protect our people from scalawags in their ranks, whether they are on duty or not.
From People’s Journal: Quite thankfully, a former National Police chief, veteran law enforcer, and now lawmaker is leading the fight to curb ownership of firearms to address the problem of indiscriminate shooting and other political violence ahead of the elections.
Kailangan nang buklatin ang mga nilalaman ng mga umiiral na batas ng bansa tungkol sa pagmamay-ari at pagdadala ng baril sa labas ng tahanan, bunga na rin ng paparami na insidente ng pamamaril.
Bukod dito, binabanggit din ni Senador at dating Philippine National Police Chief Panfilo Lacson na kailangan nang ibahin ng publiko ang kanilang pananaw sa mga sibilyan na nakikitaang nagdadala ng baril sa labas ng tahanan.
“Presently, when we see persons in civilian attire with firearms bulging from their pants, we just assume they are police or military personnel. It should be the other way around. If we see someone in civilian attire and with a firearm, we should instinctively assume the person is up to no good, and report him or her to the nearest police station,” pahayag ni Lacson.
Binigyang halimbawa ni Lacson ang mga ginagawa ng awtoridad sa ibayong dagat na maski mga pulis, depende sa lugar, ay hindi nakikitang nagdadala o may sukbit na baril sa baywang katulad lamang ng kadalasang nakikita sa Hong Kong.