Bayan condemns overkill in Ortigas shootout

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan or New Patriotic Alliance) officials called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) Nov. 10 to “seriously examine the prevailing ‘culture of impunity’” that resulted in similar incidents like the recent shooting of three suspected carjackers in Ortigas last Nov. 7.

Bayan officials were ”deeply disturbed and enraged” at the video footage showing members of the PNP Traffic Management Group shooting suspects that were allegedly already hors d’combat.

“Carjackers or not, nobody deserves that kind of treatment,” said Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes, Jr. “This clearly exposes the culture of impunity within the Philippine National Police.”

Reyes also warned that common people have a lot to be worried about if indeed this was the prevailing conduct within the police and military establishments. He also said that it was not the first time that the PNP has been involved in a rubout or massacre.

“The problem may be institutional and orientational,” he added. ”The way the incidents keep getting repeated, this is not just a case of incompetence or ignorance of the rules of engagement.” According to Reyes, the PNP in the past was linked to the Kuratong Baleleng rubout case, the Hacienda Luisita massacre and the siege of the Air Transport Office tower resulting in the death of former Air Transportation Office chief Panfilo Villareal, Jr. (Bulatlat.com)

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