Published: Thursday 05 July, 2018

LOOK ‘Demo’ Strip Search of Female ‘Suspect’ Goes Viral, 4 Makati Cops Fired

Allegedly, it was a demo strip search the female suspect ‘volunteered’. But still, the strip search caught on video in a Makati police station was illegal and four Makati police officers have been sacked.

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Makati police officers seen laughing during a strip search ‘demo’. (Twitter/Bianca Dava/ABS CBN News)

The video was obtained by ABS CBN News. it shows a female suspect undergoing a strip search inside a Makati police station while several cops watched. Two of those police officers present were male.

The vide immediately went viral and alerted the Philippine National Police (PNP). Initial investigation showed the strip searcht ook place inside the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Makati City police station last year, March 2017 to be exact.

Makati City police chief Rogelio Simon told ABS CBN the suspect consented to be the subject of the strip search for a ‘demo video’ of the police in exchange for money.

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Despite this, the procedure caught on video was unlawful. For one, strip searched should be done in private. For another, it should be conducted by police officers of the same sex.

In the video obtained by ABS CBN, four cops can be seen – two male and two female. The male police officers can be seen laughing at several instances during the clip.

The four Makati police officers have been identified as Police Senior Inspector Valmark Funelas, PO1 Stephanie Limhap, PO1 Heizelle Maramag, and PO1 Francis Intia. They have been sacked according to PNP chief Oscar Albayalde.

“That should not have happened,” said Albayalde.

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“We will make sure that the full force of the law will be meted against these erring personnel if found guilty after a swift investigation that is now being conducted by NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office),” he added.



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