BUTUAN CITY, May 25 -- Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr, regional director of Philippine National Police Caraga (PNP Caraga), released in a statement Monday, May 25, that PNP Caraga has received zero complaint against police frontliners manning the established community quarantine control points (CQCP) in the region, following the alleged sexual abuse against women has been committed by police personnel in other region amid the quarantine period.
Record from Regional Women and Children Protection Desk (RWCPD) reveals that since the start of quarantine period in Caraga on March 17, 2020, their office has not received any complaint against Caraga cops manning the control points for committing any form of sexual abuses.
The Philippine National Police, as one of the members of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease, are among those personnel manning the CQCP along with the personnel from the Department of Health, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Bureau of Fire Protectionwhich was established in line with government's fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Meanwhile, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, chief of Philippine National Police, issued a statement earlier encouraging victims of alleged sexual abuses to file complaints against erring police officers who committed sexual abuses against women and emphasized that the PNP organization will never tolerate any form of physical or sexual abuse against women especially now that we are facing a global health crisis.
"If you have any complaints against our policemen committing sexual abuses in quarantine control points in the region, you may immediately report to Women and Children Protection Desk at your local police station," BGen. Esquivel said.
"Rest assured that your reports and complaints will be given appropriate action and corresponding penalty will be given to Police Officers who will be proven to have committed such malicious acts," he added. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)