LACSON: UNFAIR TO ACCUSE PNP OF BRUTALITY OVER US EMBASSY DISPERSAL
Thursday, October 20, Senator Panfilo Lacson said that it was unfair to accuse of police brutality the Philippine National Police (PNP) who dispersed the rallyists in front of the US Embassy. Lacson also defended the policeman (P03 Franklin Kho) who drove the van which rammed some protesters leaving them injured.
“That was a judgment call made by one policeman behind the wheel of a police van who might have felt threatened by the possibility of being lynched by the protesters, and who impulsively drove the van wherever he could to avoid the dire consequences of his inaction,” Lacson said.
“I think it's unfair to the Philippine National Police as an institution to be accused of police brutality,” he added. “It was a personal judgment call of the driver of the van. Maximum tolerance or not, he acted based on his appreciation of the situation prevailing at the time he made that move,” Lacson further said.
According to Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde National Capital Region Police Office director, PO3 Kho did not intend to run over the rallyists.
“The rallyists were trying to flip over the patrol car. In the process, the driver extricated the patrol car and inadvertently hit some unruly protesters who sustained minor injuries," Albayalde said.