Mayor Inday Sara orders probe on alleged mauling of minors
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has ordered the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to investigate the alleged mauling by policemen of three minors on January 21 this year.
“I have ordered Davao City Police Director Alexander Tagum to conduct an investigation on this allegation and mete out the appropriate sanction, if the policemen involved are found to have violated rules on apprehension,” Mayor Inday said.
The mayor only learned of the incident from a fellow lawyer early this week. The report said the children were apprehended around midnight.
She said the incident was surprising, but she expects that the Davao City Police Office will make it right for the complainants, even if they are children in conflict with the law.
“We are confident that Davao City policemen know by heart their obligation to uphold the rights of all people, especially those who have less in life and the most vulnerable,” she said.
Mayor Inday said issues concerning human rights abuse against members of the DCPO are very few, if not, absent.
She added the city takes pride in the fact that they do not cut corners in lowering crime incidence in the city.
Mayor Inday, meanwhile, cautioned the police that while minors committing crimes should be taken into custody, force should not be used against them unless police authority is ignored or lives are in danger because of the actions of the minors. CIO