Defy unlawful orders, cops told

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PNP Director General Alan Purisima

Shun unlawful orders and tell the truth.

PNP Director General Alan Purisima reminded policemen of these basic tenets as the 148,000-strong force prepared to mark its 22nd anniversary Monday under a new brand: “Serbisyong Makatotohanan.”

Earlier, Purisima announced the filing of administrative cases against all the policemen who took part in the controversial police operation in Atimonan, Quezon, on Jan. 6 that resulted in the killing of 13 people.

“We sympathize with the noncommissioned officers who were among those charged in connection with the Atimonan incident,” Purisima said on Thursday. But he added that it was not enough to just follow orders—these had to be legal and legitimate orders.

Citing the findings of the PNP Internal Affairs Service, Purisima said the policemen violated operational procedures when they set up the checkpoint that led to a supposed shootout with a group of alleged guns for hire and gambling lords.

After an initial investigation, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was quoted as saying that it was “definitely not a shootout.” There has been a speculation it was a rubout instigated by policemen linked to a rival gambling syndicate.

Thirteen of the 22 policemen involved in the Atimonan incident were noncommissioned officers, or those with a rank of Senior Police Officer 4 or lower.

“We know that they just followed the orders of their superiors. This incident should serve as a lesson that when they follow orders from their commanders, make sure that they only follow legal orders,” the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said.

The argument that they were ‘just following orders’ will not absolve them from administrative or criminal actions if those orders turn out to be illegal, he stressed.

If found guilty, the policemen may be dropped from the PNP rolls, face criminal charges and lose all financial benefits due them as government employees.

The PNP chief said the only way for the police personnel to extricate themselves from the situation was for them to disclose what really happened in Atimonan.

Said Purisima: “They were recruited into the police service because they are bright and upright. We have our own legal process and truth is always their best defense.”

Eye-opener for police

 

Purisima, who held key posts on the municipal, provincial and regional police levels prior to his designation as the country’s top cop, expressed the hope that the Atimonan incident would serve as an eye-opener for the police to improve their performance.

Charged in connection with the Atimonan incident were SPO3 Joselito de Guzman, Senior Police Officers 1 Claro Cataquiz Jr. and Arturo Sarmiento, Police Officers 3 Benedict Dimayuga and Eduardo Oronan, Police Officers 2 Ronnie Serdena, Esperidion Corpuz, Nelson Indal and Al Bhazar Jailani, and Police Officers 1 Wryan Sardea, Rodel Talento, Allen Ayobo and Esperidion de Leon.

Also facing administrative charges were seven senior police officers—Supt. Hansel Marantan, the ground commander of the operation, Chief Insp. Grant Gollod, Supt. Ramon Balauag, Senior Insp. John Paulo Carracedo, and Inspectors Timoteo Orig, Ferdinand Aguilar and Evaristo San Juan.

Among those killed in the incident was Victor Siman, a suspected operator of the illegal numbers game “jueteng” in Laguna and Batangas.

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas will lead the celeberation Monday of the 22nd anniversary of the PNP.

The PNP has adopted a new slogan, “Serbisyong Makatotohanan.”

After the weekly flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame, Purisima will present to Roxas the PNP’s annual accomplishment report.

The two officials will then join the families of policemen killed during police operations in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bantayog ng mga Bayaning Tagapamayapa, also at Camp Crame.

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  • Htee

    Citing the findings of the PNP Internal Affairs Service, Purisima said the policemen violated operational procedures when they set up the checkpoint that led to a supposed shootout with a group of alleged guns for hire and gambling lords.

    Hanggang ngayon supposed shootout pa rin ang ginagamit na term nitong hepe na ito. Sinabi na na hindi shootout ang nangyari…..
    Sumalyosep….

  • Htee

    Also facing administrative charges were seven senior police officers—Supt. Hansel Marantan, the ground commander of the operation, Chief Insp. Grant Gollod, Supt. Ramon Balauag, Senior Insp. John Paulo Carracedo, and Inspectors Timoteo Orig, Ferdinand Aguilar and Evaristo San Juan.
    Lusot nanaman yata si Dumblao.
    Sumalyosep….

    • doncleo

       At si Melad.

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Why is Glenn Dumlao not included? Did he not approved Coplan Armado and what was his business exactly with the PAOCC when he is one of the principal suspect in the Dacer-Corbito murder case?

    How can you expect people to trust and believe in your new slogan of “serbisyong makatotohanan” when you have a murder suspect working in a police agency that is directly under the office of the president? No more slogans please if its shallow and empty anyway, just do your job the way policeman are supposed to do……

  • batangpaslit

    how about serving as bodyguards to economic saboteurs?
    or
    moonlights as gun for hire?

  • RiverHorse

    defy unlawful orders, general??? why not instruct the police to OBEY AND RESPECT THE LAW first?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YENFNHZJ527TMYYAHF32G7O2BE joe

      Where are they going to file a complain about unlawful order?

      • RiverHorse

        the NBI, a civilian authority, or media. whoever is credible enough or has the balls to do what’s right.

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    bobong purisima.  how can non-commissioned officers determine and argue with their superiors the legality of orders during actual operations?

    ang solution:  make sure that your officers have that sole responsibility in everything that he and his men do or fail to do. sa maiksing salita, dapat sagot ng opisyal ang lahat and they should be held accountable and made to pay–even with their lives!

    a, alam ko na:  hindi mo rin kasi kayang gawin yan…

  • ben311

    itsura palang nitong purisima hindi mo na pagkakatiwalaan…mukha talagang pulis.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FNBBNCCS7FK4K6ZEMT2XMEN5JQ RAMONS

    eh di marami ang hindi susunod sa mga utos mo !

  • regie

    tama si gen purisima….Art. 11 sec.6 nagsasabi na obedience to an order of a superior for a LAWFUL purpose. maliwanag na pag hindi LAWFUL  ang order eh di hindi ito justifying circumstance para maabswelto ka…pwede ka namang hindi sumunod sa unlawful order at pag kinasuhan ka ng insubordination eh  pwede dyan yung art. 11 sec 4 na kaya di ka sumunod eh in avoidance of an equal or greater injury…kaya yung mga ratrat boys ala kayong kawala dyan…

  • XY ZEE

    In short: Wag pagkatiwalaan ang mga opisyal ng pulis.
    Tama ba General?

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    O kita mo nga pati pinaka mataas na pulis ay walang tiwala sa kanyang mga bata……..LOL….justified lang na maraming nasusuka sa kawalanghiyaan ng maraming kapulisan! HOY! mga ungas at mga tiwaling mga pulis palagi ba sumasakit ang tiyan ng pamilya niyo? kung ganun wag pakain ng hindi galing sa pinagpawisan niyo! kung hindi na naman sumasakit eh di immune na at tumaas na ang tolerance sa hindi malinis na pagkain!

  • ManilaByNight

    I like Gen Purisima’s efforts to try to bring TRUTH and HONESTY tot he PNP – quoting his exact words: “They were recruited into the police service because they are bright
    and upright. We have our own legal process and truth is always their
    best defense.”

    Dapat lang kasi ang dami sa mga PNP mga sinungaling and/or use misleading deeds and statements for their own selfish interests.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    Do you honestly think a PO1 can say to a senior superintendant “let me see the paperwork and check this is all legal before I do what you order me to do?”

    • tukmoldinako

      Thats it Albert, General ipakita mo muna sa akin yung papeles kung saan tayo pupunta. lol malamang wala nang mahuhuling kriminal, uso pa naman ang kasabwat, pinakita papeles, text ke kasabwat, ayos na walang nahuli.

  • http://www.facebook.com/red.villa.79 Red Villa

    THE BEST WAY FOR POLICE SUBORDINATES IMPLICATED IN ATIMONAN CASE IS TO COME OUT INTO OPEN AND TELL ALL THE TRUTH.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    i hope we can defy unlawful policemen. they will just shoot us and plant guns and drugs in our cars. remember that.

  • henry21

    these are all investigation findings and it is the court who will say whether it is a shootout or not. lets us not be the investigator, prosecutor and judge.

    give them the benefit of the doubt…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

    Kawawang mga nasa lower ranks … sila ang naiipit!!! Tanong ko lang kay Purisima … meron bang karapatang magtanong sa mga officers nila kung ligit ang operation? Yung operation sa Atimonan … pati sundalo nga tumulong … ano kaya ang mangyari sa kung lahat ng operations ay koquestionin ng mga maliliit na police or sundalo? Bakit hindi tanggalin ang mga officers na may bahid ng corruption … gaya ng mga namatay na nasa bakasyon at nagmomoonlight as security escort ng mga criminals?

  • boybakal

    Defy unlawful orders, cops told…even if it is a Blessing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    Nuremberg Doctrine. All law enforcers and military should be aware.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGVHDQT7JEE4WDAWZFAZDNTFCU dominador

    According as it is written in the news article —If found guilty, the policemen may be dropped from the PNP rolls, face
    criminal charges and lose all financial benefits due them as government
    employees.
    After an initial investigation, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was quoted as saying that it was “definitely not a shootout.” There has been a speculation it was a rubout instigated by policemen linked to a rival gambling syndicate.

  • EMMANUEL SENA

    Panu na yun military courtesy na what you hear, what you see leave it here…at yun obey first before you complain? Wala na bisa yun according to PNP Chief Purisima….

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