Hontiveros slams police violence: ‘COVID-19 ang kalaban natin, hindi kapwa Pilipino’
Senator Risa Hontiveros has called for an investigation into the police killing of a suspected quarantine violator at a checkpoint in Quezon City.
Hontiveros said the Commission on Human Rights and the Philippine National Police should conduct the investigation into the incident.
Reports said a policeman shot dead a former soldier after supposedly refusing to follow quarantine rules. The man, who was reportedly mentally challenged, was shot after he allegedly tried to pull out a gun at the cop.
“There is NEVER an excuse for brutality and violence, especially towards persons with mental illness and the powerless,” Hontiveros said in a Facebook post.
“I am urging the Commission and Human Rights and the Philippine National Police to immediately conduct a full investigation into this incident,” she said.
Hontiveros, an advocate of the protection of mental health, reminded law enforcement authorities that Filipinos are not the enemy amid the pandemic.
“COVID-19 ang kalaban natin, hindi ang kapwa natin mga Pilipino,” she said.