SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija – “It shocks the conscience of men because it involved law enforcers supposed to serve and protect the people.”
Thus, reacted Mayor Arvin C. Salonga on the recent incident linking five Nueva Ecija cops to the brutal kidnap-murder of Muslim on-line jewelry seller Nadia Casar last July 20 in the province.
“It was very shocking to the institution amid the pay hike already given to them by President Duterte. Ibinigay na lahat sa kanila ni Pangulong Duterte, maganda na ang ginawa ni Pangulo para sa kanila, ano pa ba ang kulang?,” Salonga added.
Salonga, who expressed belief in the leadership of PNP Chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar especially in his Intensified Cleanliness Policy called on the country’s top cop to implement an honest-to-goodness “psycho-neuro testing” program for all uniformed personnel, including high-ranking officials at a regular six-month basis in order to determine their mental fitness and capabilities to serve and protect this country’s citizenry.
“I think it would be a big help,” the mayor said.
Salonga, a former president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Nueva Ecija chapter said the comprehensive and regular psycho-neuro testing program should cover all those in the uniformed services, including the military, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI),the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), among others.
The Nueva Ecija mayor also proposed to Congress that such heinous crime committed by law enforcers must be meted a much severe penalty than civilians or ordinary citizens.
“Mas mabagsik o mas mabigat dapat ang parusa kapag ang gumawa ng heinous crimes ay nasa pamahalaan katulad ng kapulisan kaysa mga sibilyan dahil ang trabaho nila ay to serve and protect,” Salonga stressed.
He expressed his condolences to the family of Casar and hoped and prayed that justice will be served to the slain victim.