First, I’m referring to Police Officer 1 Redentor Bautista, the Manila policeman who was caught sniffing cocaine inside the comfort room of a posh bar in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City on Wednesday night while the rest of the entire police force were busy securing the streets and all cemeteries and memorial parks in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
There is really a big reason for both PNP chief, General Oscar Albayalde and National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Gilor Eleazar to be mad at this rookie cop since he turned out to have feigned illness just to file a leave of absence only to be discovered attending a Halloween party at the Island Club in BGC. Bautista is a member of MPD Station 1 in Tondo.
I heard that PO1 Bautista’s action triggered the relief of his immediate superiors including the one who approved his leave while the entire NCRPO was on full alert for the Undas week. This should also serve as a lesson for the entire PNP leadership when it comes to ensuring that their field officers won’t tolerate leaves of their men during full alert which is supposed to ensure the 100 percent presence of the police force in their stations and other offices, with all leaves and passes deemed cancelled.
Second, there is the presence of PO1 Eduardo Valencia, another member of the Manila Police District who was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old daughter of a couple he and his colleagues detained on drug-related charges.
Eleazar told me that Valencia, a member of MPD Station 4 is now facing criminal and administrative charges, the latter arrested by his own colleagues after the girl’s relatives sought their help.
PO1 Valencia of the MPD Station 4 was arrested after the girl’s relatives sought help from authorities. To his credit, Elezar made sure he will be present to personally castigate the erring cops and show to the entire country that they have zero tolerance when it comes to rogues in uniform.
In Valencia’s case, a fuming Eleazar told the latter that the girl is the one making the complaint which has been bolstered by a medico-legal finding that there was laceration on the girl’s private parts, an indication that she was sexually abused very recently.
The NCRPO chief said that the victim has been placed under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Although there have been cases in the past that policemen in some police stations in the country have been accused of sexually abusing female detainees, specifically those facing drug-related charges, this has been the 1st time that a teenage daughter of detained drug offenders have accused a cop of raping her.
However, Eleazar had emphasized that raping women, especially children is not a norm in the police force and those who will commit the crime will find themselves dismissed and jailed. The official made the explanation after Valencia was overheard saying the words ‘di na bago to sa mga operatiba’ while being confronted by the NCRPO chief.
“Ang sinasabi niya, ‘di na bago itong mga nagkacounter charge ang mga nahuling drug suspects sa mga pulis. Ang sinasabi niya, nagka-counter charge itong mga drug suspects. Pero palusot ‘yun, nagsisinungaling siya. Kasi dinala niya sa motel itong biktima, at lahat ng ebidensiyang hawak natin, pati na rin ‘yung examination na isinagawa ng competent physician sa victim ay nagpapatunay na talagang may laceration sa kanyang organ ang biktima,” Eleazar said.
The official said that what the policeman meant to say is that it is normal for some drug offenders to file harassment suits against their arresting officers. What is not normal is when a cop rapes a woman or a kids. “We have zero tolerance on rapists and child abusers,” the Metro Manila police chief said hours after cursing Valencia in front of the public.
Berating rogues in uniform is not new for Eleazar who is also very quick when it comes to rewarding policemen who have accomplished something in the performance of their duties. The act of Valencia and Bautista prompted Eleazar to order more surprise random drug testing for Metro Manila policemen.
“This is a wake-up call’ for all concerned, this should prompt more random drug testing” he said as he likewise instructed the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit as well as all all Metro Manila police district counter-intelligence units and district DEUs to strengthen their initiatives in unmasking drug-users and dealers in the police force and the civilian populace in the entire metropolis.
Eleazar told me he was also very angry at the fact that they discovered that PO1 Bautista feigned sickness so he could be granted a sick leave although it turned out he was enjoying the life in a BGC bar while the rest of his colleagues were busy securing public cemeteries.
“The discovery of this addict policeman is a timely wake-up call for us. We need to further double our effort to identify more rogues in uniform, to avoid relaxing our guard and further sustain our war against illegal drug trafficking and abuse,” he said.
Southern Police District director, Senior Superintendent Ely Cruz said that the club management immediately called on the Taguig City Police-Community Precinct 7 and turned the Manila policeman over to them for proper disposition. He also commended the club’s bouncer identified as Garry Palma,40, for performing his duty without fear or any reservation when he accosted Bautista and seized from his possession suspected cocaine powder. MPD director, Chief Supt. Rolly Anduyan has also ordered all necessary actions against the two rogues. Good for them!