PNP chief orders probe on police station’s alleged victim-blaming post

Philippine National Police (PNP) Police General Archi Gamboa has ordered investigation after Lucban Municipal Police Station was criticized for its post supposedly calling to respect women.

In a Facebook post on June 11, the said municipal police station said “Mahalin natin ang mga kababaihan at huwag nyo abusuhin ang kanilang kabaitan.”

However, it added “Kayo naman mga ghErlsz, wag kayo magsuot ng pagkaikli-ikling damit at pag naman nabastos ay magsusumbong din sa amin. Isipin ‘nyo rin!”

The PNP chief ordered Directorate for Police Community Relations under PMGen Dionardo Carlos to look into reported victim-blaming statement posted in official police social media account.

According to PNP, the police chief of Lucban Municipal Police Station and all personnel who may be involved will be made to explain why they allowed posting of such statements in their social media account that elicited negative reactions from the public for implied victim blaming.

“They will be made to justify also why no administrative sanctions shall be imposed upon them for their actions despite earlier instructions to take down posts with similar content,” the PNP added.

“The PNP strongly advocates the protection of women and children and maintains a strict set of guidelines for its personnel on the use of social media. Violators may face administrative and even criminal charges, if evidence warrants,” Gamboa said.