Dela Rosa to cops: Be decent on social media

Bea Cupin
'Pakita mo na maginoo ka, mabait, matino at kagalang-galang na pulis,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa, responding to speculation that a policeman posted a lewd comment on Facebook

ONLINE BEHAVIOR. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa tells policemen to be 'worthy of respect' on social media.

MANILA, Philippines – Amid speculation that a non-commissioned police officer was among those who made misogynistic and lewd comments against a female anti-Marcos protester, the country’s top cop reminded his personnel to be “worthy of respect” when posting and expressing their opinions online.

“Pakita mo na maginoo ka, mabait, matino at kagalang-galang na pulis, hindi ‘yung bastos ka na pulis (Show them that you’re a gentleman, you’re kind, decent, and worthy of respect, not a rude policeman),” said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Tuesday, November 22, on the sidelines of a press conference at Camp Crame.

Over the weekend, Facebook users called out several men for targeting a female anti-Marcos protester whose photo was posted online. The comments ranged from rape threats to unsolicited invitations for sex.

One user in particular, a certain “Christian Raizo Plantinos”, suggested a threesome with the female protester and another male commenter.

Facebook users who clicked on Plantinos’ profile found pictures of what looked like his police uniform.

Senior Superintendent Wilfredo Cayat, chief of the PNP’s Morale and Welfare Division, confirmed that a certain Police Officer 1 Godfrey Celes Plantinos was among their list of personnel assigned to the Negros Island Region Police Office. They have yet to confirm, however, if PO1 Plantinos is the actual owner of the account.

Dela Rosa, who has headed the PNP since July this year, expressed surprise when told by reporters about the post that has since gone viral.

“Bakit naging pulis ‘yun? Baka hindi nakapasa ng neuropsychiatric [exam]. Bakit nakapasa ‘yun?” he said.

(How did he become a cop? Maybe he didn’t pass the neuropsychiatric exam. How did he even pass?)

Applicants are required to pass a neuropsychiatric exam before they can enter the police force.

Asked what he would do if proven that Plantinos owns the account, Dela Rosa said he would require the police officer to take the exam again. “If he fails, I’ll kick him out of service,” he added.

The comments made against anti-Marcos protesters have sparked indignation and action online, with some lawyers even offering their services for free.

Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday also filed 3 bills that would give women more protection against sexual harassment and violence, including attacks on social media. – Rappler.com

Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.