Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte declared that abusive police officers have no place in Quezon City as she condemned the twin killings by a police officer in Paniqui, Tarlac.
“Walang puwang ang mga abusadong pulis dito sa lungsod,” said Belmonte as she expressed grief over the death of Sonya Gregorio and Frank Anthony Gregorio, who were gunned down by P/MSgt. Jonel Nuezca during a verbal altercation.
“Nakikiramay tayo sa pamilya ng mga nasawi. Kasama tayo sa mga nananawagan ng mabilis na hustisya sa kanilang sinapit at mabigat na parusa sa taong gumawa nito,” she added.
Belmonte said the history of police abuse has encouraged her to beef up the Quezon City-People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB).
In July 2020, Belmonte issued an Executive Order reorganizing and further strengthening the PLEB to act on any abuse committed by policemen on citizens.
The mayor designated Atty. Rafael Calinisan as Executive Officer of the PLEB, which hears citizens’ complaints against any member of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Since the office was reorganized six months ago, Belmonte said the PLEB has made significant contributions in the campaign against abusive cops.
Calinisan, for his part, encouraged the public to report any abuse committed by policemen to help PLEB fulfill its mandate as protector of the rights of the people.
“Erring police officers may be dismissed or suspended and have their benefits forfeited. Our people have PLEB as refuge against abusive police officers,” said Calinisan.