PNP fires 4 cops in strip-search video

Rambo Talabong
The viral video shows the cops chuckling as they strip-searched drug suspects in Makati City

STRICT LEADERSHIP. Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during a press conference at Camp Crame. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) sacked 4 cops seen in a video chuckling as they strip-searched drug suspects.

This was announced by PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday, July 5.

The video, given to ABS-CBN News, was recorded in a Makati City police station back in March 2017.

The 4 sacked cops were identified as:

  1. Senior Inspector Valmark Funelas
  2. Police Officer 1 Stephanie Limhap
  3. PO1 Heizelle Maramag
  4. PO1 Francis Intia

“I am deeply saddened by this viral video going around in the internet of another alleged case of abuse committed by some of our personnel. Let me state this clearly – we strongly condemn this kind of deviant behavior in our ranks,” Albayalde said, reading a prepared statement.

Asking suspects to strip and pose on video is a clear violation of police procedures, added Albayalde.

The PNP, through various memorandum circulars, has emphasized that detainees must not be treated in an inhumane or degrading manner. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.