PNP chief: No 'rape culture,' we don't tolerate abuses

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) — The country's top cop is strongly denying claims of a "rape culture" in the Philippine National Police (PNP) wherein rogue policemen take advantage of women and minors who are relatives of detained suspects.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday stressed he will not tolerate any form of abuse committed by his men.

"Meron mga acts of lasciviousness… pinagbabawal din 'yan of course. Porke nakakulong yung kamag-anak or kaya yung asawa or what, hinding hindi pupuwedeng ganyang sexual advances," Albayalde told reporters as he inspected security preparations ahead of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

[Translation: "There are acts of lasciviousness but those are prohibited of course. Those sexual advances are not allowed even if the relative or husband is detained."]

"Hinding hindi po natin tinotolerate yang mga ganyang gawain (We do not tolerate these acts)," Albayalde added.

He made this statement after a police officer was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl whose parents were detained on drug charges in Manila.

Albayalde said the accused cop, PO1 Edgardo Valencia, may be dismissed from service as the police hears his administrative case.

The Center for Women Resources records at least 33 cases of violence against women attributed to police officers since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016.

About 60 policemen were named respondents in the cases, more than a dozen of which involved minors as victims, the report showed. The abuses included rape, acts of lasciviousness and sexual harassment.