Drunks arrested in the streets in the Philippines being made to perform push-ups as part of a bizarre police campaign to tackle street crime.
The midnight street workouts is part of President Duterte’s crime crackdown
Bizarre pictures show hardline cops making bewildered boozers perform press ups in the street
Chief fitness instructor: Sr. Police Supt. Jemar Modequillo oversees the workouts by boozers caught in the streets in the wee hours
Troubling pictures have emerged showing drunks in the Philippines being made to perform press-ups as part of a bizarre police campaign to tackle street crime.
Senior Superintendent, Jemar Modequillo , chief of the Paranaque force, is seen supervising the bewildered boozers as they undertake their late-night workouts in front of locals.
The punishments are all part of the force’s ‘Oplan RODY’ campaign, an acronym for Rid the Streets of Drinkers and Youths and also tough guy President Rodrigo Duterte’s nickname.
Even the police themselves are not immune from this bizarre form of punishment, in the overall picture of President Duterte’s much-publicised but controversial war on drugs and crime.
In recent weeks, seven Angeles City policemen who extorted money from Korean tourists after the erring officers were ordered to do stationary push-ups, prompting some sentors to accuse the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa of pulling a publicity stunt instead of seeking a real solution to the issue of corruption in law enforcement.
The Philippines top cop said his forces had “reloaded” and were back behind the President’s war on drugs, just a month after they were withdrawn because of widespread corruption.
Duterte had initially suspended all police from his crackdown after describing them as “rotten to the core”.
In his reaction to the show of ‘Shaming and public scolding’, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said that while Dela Rosa is off to a good start in his bid to cleanse the PNP of corrupt elements, having erring policemen do push-ups while being cursed is not what the public expects out of this campaign.
The people want to see concrete actions taken to get rid of police scalawags, Sen Lacson said: “It’s a good message. Push-up, cursing and everything are symbolic but it should go beyond that. What the people are waiting for is to see what positive action it (PNP) has aside from meting out the appropriate or commensurate punishment,” Lacson, himself once a PNP chief, said.
Lacson said that the PNP leadership should take proactive measures to discourage its members from engaging in illegal activities.
“After this, what else will he do to prevent future incidents from taking place? That is what’s more important,” he said.
President Duterte who said his police forces are”rotten to the core” , has declared war on drugs and crime, not sparing law enforcement, either
The president has now signed an executive order creating a joint command to mobilise 21 state agencies behind his bloody war on drugs, prioritising “high-value” targets and going after all levels of the illicit trade.
The order creates an Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD), that encompasses bodies from police, military and coastguard to health, education and social welfare, and aims to rehabilitate users and suppress dealers large and small.
More than 8,000 people have been killed since the drugs crackdown started eight months ago, 2,555 of them in what police say were shootouts during raids.
They say 48,000 drugs suspects were arrested.
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An glaring fact of these impromptu ‘street gyms’ is that many of those conscripted into the fitness classes are still drunk
Police deny involvement in the other killings and reject allegations by human rights groups that many were assassinations of drug users with police complicity.
The United Nations is alarmed by the death toll and Duterte’s repeated threats to kill thousands of dealers, and by his refusal to acknowledge that human rights abuses have taken place.
Duterte’s order published on Friday outlines a “priority thrust” of the government to suppress drugs and “put behind bars” makers, dealers and traffickers of narcotics while “transforming users into productive members of society”.
It was signed on March 6, the same day the Philippine National Police (PNP) resumed operations. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa has called for the revived police operations to be “less bloody, if not bloodless”.
The crackdown on public intoxication has escalated to the point of the mass exercises have become a common sight in on the streets in the Philippines
However, it’s claimed some innocents were also made to join in.
Some 500 police will be selected for a new Drug Enforcement Group, to target drug financiers, manufacturers, distributors and protectors, including elected officials, said the group’s commander, Graciano Mijares.
The creation of the inter-agency authority calls for a broader, integrated approach to fighting drugs, but its goals are not entirely new. Police launched a second phase of the drugs war in October prioritizing high-value targets, but critics pointed to little change on the ground.
According to the sun these men were picked up by police and forced to do sixty push ups, apiece – who cares if some unfortunate sod ends up in the ICU
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Duterte has been accused of failing to identify the sources of the drugs or the money trail, and rights groups say his crackdown is driven largely by fear and overwhelmingly targets small-time users in impoverished communities.
It was not clear from the executive order exactly how another body, the new National Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force, would be comprised, beyond military and law enforcement officers.
The government’s anti-money laundering council is tasked with stopping the flow of money from drug transactions.