CHR commends PNP for handling ‘Lolo Flores’ case

January 25, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 139 views

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Dionardo B. Carlos yesterday expressed his gratitude to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for appreciating the ‘commendable’ handling of members of the Asingan Municipal Police Station in Pangasinan of the case of the 80-year-old man who was arrested and jailed for stealing 10 kilos of mangoes.

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia earlier recognized the efforts of the police personnel for upholding the rights of the accused, Nardo Flores.

“The PNP thanks the CHR for seeing the bigger picture. I hope that this will ultimately correct the notion that our personnel was heartless in arresting the suspect. To reiterate, there was an arrest warrant issued by the court. They had to serve the warrant, but upon knowing the age and condition of Mr. Flores, the Asingan police just placed him under custody and did not physically detain him,” Gen. Carlos said.

It also came to the attention of the public that the Asingan police chipped in to raise enough amount for the P6,000 bail of the suspect.

As to the suggestion of the CHR to explore the amicable settlement of the case, Gen. Carlos said that is beyond PNP’s call.

“The theft case has been filed and arraignment is set this February. Should the parties involved opt to look for alternative means, the PNP will leave that to the court’s decision,” the top cop said.