MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa has ordered Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) director, Maj. Gen. Dionardo Carlos to investigate Lucban Municipal Police Station’s victim-blaming post on social media.
Gamboa made the directive after the Lucban Municipal Police Station’s (MPS) social media post drew flak from netizens for allegedly being sexist when it allowed posting of statements which said girls should not wear short clothing and then report sexual harassment to them.
“The police chief of Lucban Municipal Police Station and all personnel who may be involved will be made to explain why they allowed posting of such statements in their social media account that elicited negative reactions from the public for implied victim blaming,” according to the PNP release on Saturday. “They will be made to justify also why no administrative sanctions shall be imposed upon them for their actions despite earlier instructions to take down posts with similar content.”
Gamboa said PNP strongly advocates the protection of women and children and maintains a strict set of guidelines for its personnel on the use of social media.
“Violators may face administrative and even criminal charges, if evidence warrants,” he added.
Meanwhile, Carlos said his office has immediately directed the Lucban MPS to take down the post.
“I also called the COP (chief of police) and asked him what corrective action was taken by him. According to him, he is made to explain thru channel what transpired that led to the soc-med posting by his unit. He has identified the personnel responsible,” Carlos said in a separate statement.
He said all PNP social media personnel have been reminded to strictly follow protocols on posting online statements.
“As part of the corrective measures, DPCR will conduct webinar to train and/or reorient the personnel on gender sensitivity and awareness,” Carlos said. (PNA)