Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa gave his side on the Angeles Policewomen-Mark Anthony Fernandez viral photo that recently drew flak in social media. The photo was taken after actor Mark Fernandez was seized by authorities in San Fernando, Pampanga Tuesdays night. (Read:Mark Anthony Fernandez nabbed for illegal drugs)
In his statement in an interview, Gen. Bato admitted that the photo was inappropriate.
“I don’t like that picture because as law enforcers, ano ba? Na-starstruck ka pa rin sa isang criminal offender, ‘di ba? Hinuli siya ‘di ba at ngayon magpapapicture ka pa doon? On the other hand, naiintindihan ko rin naman ang aking mga policewomen dahil nakalimutan siguro nila na sila ay pulis…”
“Na-overwhelm lang sila, nakalimutan nila na sila’y pulis. Nangingibabaw sa kanila yung kanilang pagka-movie fan siguro o pagka-dalaga or pagka-babae na nakita nila ‘yung actor na magandang lalaki, nagpapaselfie sila (They were overwhelmed and might have forgotten they are police officers so their being movie fans and women dominated when they saw the good-looking actor and they took a selfie with him) so I both hate that picture at the same time, I understand by police women for their actuation”
“Baka sabihin nila that there is a double standard sa policing at law enforcement na ginagawa natin. Sa ordinaryong drug user or pusher eh saksak agad doon sa selda eh pag itong artista eh nagpapaselfie pa ‘yung mga pulis,” Gen. Bato added.
According to Gen. Bato, these Angeles police women may be subjected to administrative complaint for conduct unbecoming of a police officer.
Our Philippine National Police (PNP) chief is planning to consult the PNP’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS) on this Angeles Policewomen-Mark Anthony Fernandez viral photo to check what policies were violated.
On the other hand, Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino said that there was no violation on this issue. He however stated that he gave the two policewomen warning.
“But pagsasabihan ko sila na hindi proper magpa-picture sa isang suspect. Nagkataon lang naman kasi na celebrity ‘yung suspect. Hindi naman nila ‘yun sinasadya”