MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday (October 12) vowed that the national police will look into the rape allegation against a Pampanga policeman.
Eleazar said he has already instructed the Internal Affairs Service to expedite the investigation based on the victim’s complaint. The policeman involved has been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody pending the result of the investigation.
Based on a report, Police Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga flagged down the victim’s motorcycle at a checkpoint in Mabalacat, Pampanga on October 8.
The victim admitted that she forgot to bring her driver’s license, but instead of imposing sanctions, Mangaga allegedly sexually abused her.
Eleazar said he is angered over the fact that despite his warnings there are still police officers abusing their authority.
“But this will not discourage us in pursuing our reform program, in fact, this serves as a motivation to continue our internal cleansing,” he said.
He also assured that if proven guilty, Mangaga will be dismissed from service and appropriate charges will be filed against him.
Meanwhile, the PNP chief urged victims of abuse to come forward and seek the help of authorities.
“Huwag kayong matakot na sampahan ng kaukulang reklamo ang sinumang lumabag sa batas, kabilang ang mga pulis. Nakahanda ang PNP na tumulong sa inyo upang makamit ang hustisya at panagutin sinuman ang maysala,” he said. AAC