Sending rouge cops to Mindanao an insult—bishop
MANILA, Feb. 11, 2017— Sending erring cops to Mindanao is an ‘insult’ to the region and its people, a Catholic bishop said.
Bishop Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay said Mindanao should be turned into dumping place where rogue policemen are reassigned for atonement.
“We are insulted if we deserve the unruly service of these people,” Cabantan told Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas on Friday.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said erring policemen would be sent to Basilan believed to be a stronghold of the bandit group Abu Sayyaf and other extremist groups or they should quit.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa made a similar statement in a bid to clean their ranks following several complaints of police abuses.
The bishop said the people of Mindanao doesn’t deserve abusive cops unless they are being sent there for a “holistic transformative program”.
“If they are brought here because Mindanao is the best community for their formation and transformation then we will appreciate that. Which of these are their motives for doing so?” added Cabantan.
“It’s a matter of instituting a holistic transformative program, systems and structures for individuals,” he also said. (CBCPNews)