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Wrong to punish curfew violators by ordering them to swim in canal -Davao police chief


The chief of Davao City Police on Thursday said barangay officials should not have punished curfew violators by ordering them to swim in a canal in Barangay San Antonio.

Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV, Police Colonel Kirby John Kraft said judicial process must be observed in punishing violators.

"Wala po, wala po tayong karapatang magparusa dahil mayroon po tayong judicial system na siya pong magpapataw ng parusa sa mga lumalabag ng batas," he said.

According to Kraft, police have already identified the barangay officials involved in the incident. He added that they are waiting for the formal complaints of the curfew violators so that appropriate charges will be filed against the accused officials.

"'Yung trabaho ng pulis dito ay mag-imbestiga na lang po. After po mabigay sa amin 'yung affidavit o complaint ng mga tao, ipa-file po natin ito sa korte nang sa ganon po ay ma-determine po ang naging kalabisan ng kanilang inaakusahan," the Davao City police chief said.

"Inaantay po namin sila magsampa ng criminal case at admin case naman po doon sa sinasabi po nilang police na involved din po," he added.

Kraft did not specify how many officials were involved in the incident but he said one is a barangay kagawad while the other one is a barangay tanod.

Nine individuals were ordered to swim in a canal as punishment for violating the curfew amid the quarantine, earlier reports said. The violators were worried that they may get sick from swimming in the canal.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has condemned the punishment, saying that it was "not humane."

"Palanguyin ang isang tao sa kanal? No, it's not humane. What is humane is dapat pinaglinis sila ng kanal," Duterte said.—AOL, GMA News