National Police chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos expressed gratitude to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for appreciating the lawmen who handled the case of the 80-year-old man arrested for allegedly stealing mangoes in Asingan, Pangasinan.
“The PNP thanks the CHR for seeing the bigger picture. I hope that this will ultimately correct the notion that our personnel was heartless in arresting the suspect,” Carlos said in a statement.
Over the weekend, CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline de Guia recognized the “commendable acts” of the Asingan police in handling the case of Nardo Flores, who was accused of stealing 10 kilos of mangoes.
“They had to serve the warrant, but upon knowing the age and condition of Mr. Flores, the Asingan police just placed him under custody and did not physically detain him,” Carlos said.
Earlier, police disclosed that lawmen in Asingan contributed money to raise P6,000 for Flores’ bail.
Carlos, meanwhile, said exploring an amicable settlement of the case — as the CHR suggested — is now beyond PNP’s call.
“The theft case has been filed and arraignment is set this February. Should the parties involved opt to look for alternative means, the PNP will leave that to the court’s decision,” he said.