Senators, Ano defend cop in viral Dasma video

Eduardo Año

SENATORS and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año have come to the defense of a Makati City policeman who tried to arrest an arrogant  Spanish national who confronted and repeatedly cursed him while he and a fellow were accosting the foreigner’s housemaid for quarantine violation inside the post Dasmariñas Subdivision.

Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ M. Lacson has called on the Bureau of Immigration to look into the possibility of deporting Javier Salvador Parra for being an ‘undesirable alien.’

“If a deportation proceeding is in order, they should act swiftly and decisively,” Lacson, a former PNP chief said as he expressed anger over the video which showed the Spaniard confront the policemen and hurl expletives at them.

Journal Group sources said as of yesterday, BI intelligence agents are still determining the immigration violation of Parra including his working permit.  Authorities are also looking into complaints from some neighbors of Parra that his house is being frequently visited by foreigners with questionable character.

National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas said the foreigner will be initially charged for disobedience, assault of a person of authority and for not wearing a face mask which violates of a city ordinance.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona is seen in the video keeping his cool while asking the foreigner not to shout at him.

However, the foreigner ignored the cop and even bragged he employs 80 Filipinos.

“This does not give the foreigner the right to confront and incessantly berate a police officer who is merely performing a risky duty in the manner that he did,” Sen. Lacson said.

“During these trying times, the PNP has the unenviable task of implementing an Enhanced Community Quarantine, without fear or favor. For the most part, our policemen deserve kudos for doing their jobs,” Lacson said.

“Such is the case of police officers who arrested a foreigner in Makati City, after he challenged their authority with an arrogant and demeaning behavior. As if this were not enough, the police officers were subjected to unfair criticisms from netizens who saw the ‘edited’ version of the video. 

Arrogance has no place in our country—especially so in a situation where either all of us win, or all of us lose to the COVID-19 threat,” the senator said.

Sen. Miguel Zubiri also defended the Makati policeman as he slammed Parra whom he said still acts like an ‘old conquistador.’ Zubiri said he will back the filing of charges against Parra 100 percent

“That’s why your man gets my congratulations and admiration. The police are front-liners that are risking their lives as well for the public and don't deserve that treatment. Snappy salute to him,” the senator told PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.

Sec. Año also told Gen. Gamboa he is backing up the PNP in the incident even as he called on the NCPRO to make sure that criminal charges are filed against Parra.

The DILG chief at the same time congratulated the PNP for fully implementing the last weekend and seeing to it that quarantine violators would be checked effectively.

A foreign neighbor of Parra sent a message to the PNP saying that Parra is in the radar of the Spanish Embassy. According to the message, Parra’s company brings in particularly foreigners allegedly involved in criminal activities.

Gen. Gamboa has ordered Sinas to fully investigate the incident even as he assured the public of  an impartial result of the investigation in the soonest possible time.