“Go ahead. We will defend ourselves” - PNP Chief to Taguig Condo residents

“Go ahead. We will defend ourselves” - PNP Chief to Taguig Condo residents

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa made it clear that he will support and back his men all the way, over the possible filing charges against some of his men in Taguig for allegedly trespassing into a gated condominium compound while enforcing the national gocernment declared enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“Go ahead. We will defend ourselves.”

In an interview with the radio station DZMM, the PNP Chief explained that they only went to the place because of a request that came from a condominium resident in Pacific Plaza Towers in Taguig to visit the condominium compound over social distancing complaints.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa
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“Pero ‘pag may nag request ng assistance and then naabutan mismo doon, may personal knowledge ng pulis na mayroong nangyaring violation, right there and then pwede nang warrantless arrest e,” Gamboa said.

(If someone requests for assistance and we catch people committing violations, right there and then we can conduct a warrantless arrest.)

“Pero syempre maraming arguments (But of course there are arguments). They (Pacific Plaza Towers) are telling that they will charge my policemen. Go ahead. We will defend ourselves,” he added.

Foreigners of various nationalities who are also resident of the condominium reportedly will file a complaint against the policemen through their respective diplomatic channels over the incident.

According to these residents, the policemen were reportedly shouting and waved their guns at the condominium’s pool area. The police officers, according to residents, also allegedly threatened to arrest them if they will not return to their condominium units.

“Pero kami naman sa kapulisan, hindi naman kami pumasok doon at may inaresto at nag-search kami. It’s an ordinary police response,” Gamboa said.

(Us in the police force, we did not enter the compound and arrested people or conducted search. It’s an ordinary police response.)

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