CEBU CITY—A police officer is facing investigation after video of him flogging a delivery truck helper for failing to wear a face mask, went viral on social media last Monday.
Although his identity was undisclosed, the cop in question had been booted from his post at Carbon Police Station and disarmed, according to city director Police Col. Josefino Ligan.
Ligan said that he may be dismissed from service if it is proven that excessive force was used against the victim.
The victim, who went by the name “Aikoh Ylara”, caught the entire incident on his cell phone and posted it on Facebook where it went viral.
Ylara claimed that the cop arrested him for forgetting to wear a face mask while in a delivery truck parked at Carbon Public Market. He was then brought to police station and told to pay a fine of P1,000 in accordance with Cebu City ordinances for quarantine violators. However, first-time offenders were only required to pay a P500 fine.
Upon saying he did not have any money, the policeman told him to choose between paying or getting hit with a paddle three to five times. He chose to get flogged and was able to capture the video without the policeman’s knowledge.
Currently, the Commission on Human Rights-Central Visayas (CHR-7) has also planned an investigation into the matter. CHR-7 Dir Arvin Odron said that the police officer in question may be held liable for flouting RA 9745, or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, which outlaws degrading and inhumane acts or punishments.
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella declared that no abuses by police would be tolerated and called on victims to come forward to seek help from the city attorney so that charges against errant policemen may be filed.