Cops encouraged to take a human rights refresher course

It's basic, but still very important.


( More than half of the remaining members of the Philippine National Police will start getting refresher courses on human rights amid the rise in extrajudicial killings in the country. According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Human Rights Affairs Office head Chief Supt. Dennis Siervo, they still need to cover some 81,000 cops out of the 160,000-strong police force, the Inquirer reported. 


The PNP’s refresher course includes how to properly arrest criminals without violating their rights and other related police procedures, such as enforcing search warrants, implementing checkpoints, and hailing traffic violators. Siervo adds, “Tandaan n’yo lahat ng tao sa PNP may basic training, may human rights na subject o module na ginagawa doon sa Philippine Public Safety College pa lang. Sa amin parang refresher course yan, dapat lang i-train namin sila sa aming perspective na eto pagdating niyo sa field ito ang mangyari sa inyo at kung paano niyo respetuhin ang karapatang pantao."



The Duterte administration’s war on drugs has reportedly left over 3,000 people killed in drug-related incidents in just three months. Aside from the casualties from extrajudicial killings, there have been more than 700,000 drug suspects that have surrendered to the government.

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