The Commission on Human Rights hit President Rodrigo Duterte for offering a P5-million bounty to anyone who could bring to him a dead “ninja” cop.
CHR lawyer-spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said even “ninja” cops do not deserve to die despite their wrongdoing.
“Ninja cops or scalawags in the police force, the Commission agrees, are a disgrace to the institution and therefore, must be removed from the service,” she said.
“However, like any human being, their lives are priceless too and should not be equated to any amount, however low or exorbitant it may be. Their removal from service must not be by death which promotes vigilantism and perpetuates the cycle of violence, worse the breakdown of the rule of law but by a due process which will afford them recognition of their rights,” she added.
She said erring police officers should be afforded due process and their constitutional rights.
By doing so, it does not mean tolerance of their wrongdoings nor acquiescence but rather adhering to time-honored principles of respect for human rights and the rule of law, she said.
Last Aug. 17, the President offered a bounty of P5 million to anyone who could take to him a dead scalawag cop after he expressed his disappointment over the number of bad police officers at the Philippine National Police.