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PNP to Investigate Mobile Phone Grabbing at Traslacion
« on: January 11, 2020, 09:20:27 AM »
MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will investigate one of its ranking officials who grabbed the mobile phone of a broadcast journalist during the coverage of the Traslacion or the procession of the Black Nazarene.
“Yes, precisely, I am talking about (Southern Police District Director Brig.) Gen. (Nolasco) Bathan. He already admitted that he took the cellphone. I think he said it in a press briefing but all of these things will be assessed,” PNP officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, said in a radio interview.
Gamboa said the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will supervise the case and take the necessary disciplinary measures.

“If there is a need to investigate, then we will investigate. It is within the powers of the NCRPO to take the appropriate disciplinary measures and what to do. He (NCRPO chief Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas) will recommend to me on what action to take. Even the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (Eduardo Año) assured the public of that investigation,” he said.

Sought for comment, Año told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that he would order an investigation on the reported police brutality incidents during the Traslacion.

In a Facebook post, GMA news reporter Jun Veneracion alleged that Bathan grabbed his phone and deleted his video.

Included in his post was a video showing policemen dragging a devotee into the ground at the Ayala Bridge at the height of the Traslacion.
However, the phone has a recently deleted folder and the video was not completely erased from it.

NCRPO acting chief, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, said he directed the NCRPO Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to lead the investigation.

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