Espenido says CHR budget should stay

OZAMIZ City Police Chief Jovie Espenido disagreed with giving the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a budget of P1,000 for 2018.

He said the constitutional body should be respected as it can check the abuses committed by law enforcers.

Espenido, however, said the CHR should not include President Rodrigo Duterte because the latter is not directly involved.

He said the law punishes the officer who committed the crime.

Human rights groups have been criticizing the Philippine National Police for the alleged extra-judicial killings committed by some of its personnel.

Kon moingon mo kanang pulis namusil sa walay sala, bisag i-death penalty dayon way problema kay siya man. Iya nang tubagon (If you say that that policeman shot someone innocent, you can immediately send him to death. He is accountable),” Espenido said.

The police official was in Cebu City yesterday as one of the guest speakers of the league of Mindanao barangay officials’ conference held at a hotel.

He spoke with Ozamiz City village officials after his speech and apologized if they still feel fear in their neighborhood. He promised to help the remaining 41 of 51 barangays to attain drug-cleared statuses. (KAL)