Two Makati cops relieved after alleged profiling of transgender women

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 17) — Two police officers were relieved from their posts following an alleged random profiling of transgender women.

Pat. Timmy Paez and PCpl. Juliet Atal were relieved and will undergo gender awareness and development program.

The order was made after a meeting between the victim Anne Pelos, Makati City local government and police office.

The Makati City Police Station also noted that there was no so-called “Oplan X-Men" which allegedly aims to save transgender women from sexual exploitation based on a Facebook post by Scads Makati.

“Wala tayong ganun . Mayroon lang anti-criminality intervention dun sa lugar at hindi lang naipaliwanag masyado ng dalawang kapulisan,” said Makati Police chief PCol. Rogelio Simon.

[Translation: We don’t have an operation like that. We only have an anti-criminality intervention in the place and the policemen were not able to explain it well.]

He added, “Walang Oplan X-Men kaya pinapatanggal namin yung post dahil parang hindi rin nila naintindihan kung ano ang ginagawa natin na anti-criminality intervention.”

[Translation: There’s no such thing as Oplan X-Men. That’s why we also asked to remove the said post because it seemed that they don’t understand the anti-criminality intervention that we do.]

According to the victim, she just came from work when two police officers called her out and asked her to come with them for profiling.

“Tinawag ako ng pulis na parang may kasalanan ako. Hindi ko nagustuhan yung approach niya,” said Pelos.

[Translation: He called me as if I made a crime. I really did not like his approach.]

“Gusto daw ako dalhin for profiling daw, lahat daw ng transgender dalhin sa police for profiling lang daw po.”

[Translation: They want me to come with them for profiling, because all transgenders are required to undergo profiling with the police.]

Simon said that the police unit involved in the so-called profiling will issue a statement soon and the two relieved cops will also issue an apology to Pelos.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Paolo Barcelon and Multi-Platform News Writer Vince Ferreras contributed to this report