Abra solon victim of police harassment
"Every cop must know the rules by heart."
Was Philippine National Police spokesman P/Col. Bernard Banac serious when he said that PNP personnel must remain "neutral" and “apolitical” in this coming election? That means policemen are prohibited from serving as goons for candidates in the coming May 13 mid-term national and local elections. Every PNP personnel must know that rule by heart. However, Abra Congressman Joseph Sto. Niño “JB” Bernos, along with his family and supporters, are apprehensive about the presence of a large number of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) personnel outside his home “watching closely every movement” of the Bernos camp. Reelectionist Bernos (PDP-Laban) happens to be up against the Victoria Seares Corpus (PDDS), the wife of CIDG chief Police General Amador Corpuz for the lone representative of the province in the House of Representatives. Bernos told the media that the group has set up police checkpoints near his residence, stopping and questioning everyone coming in and out of the house. They describe the police activities as “harassment,” traumatizing the congressman’s children who see a dozen of CIDG armed to the teeth, manning the checkpoint and looking into their home every day. It’s a shame that the vice chairman of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety and his family would feel harassed by the CIDG men under General Corpuz, whom I know as an upright officer and a gentleman.