A police officer punched a drunk minor in Baguio City, according to Unang Balita, Wednesday morning.
In a cellphone video, the man was seen falling off the road after the cop punched him in the stomach.
According to the investigation, the suspect was drunk and got into a fight with another man. A female police officer stopped him.
According to the police, he did it to calm and stop the teenager.
The complaint was filed against the suspect, but it was found that he was minor. He is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Police officer punched drunk minor in Baguio city
Authorities are investigating whether the cop has committed police brutality.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is the primary law enforcement agency in the Philippines. It was established under Republic Act No. 6975 and is empowered by Section 24 to use force in making arrests and investigation and prevention of crime.
Under the Revised Penal Code and the Philippine National Police Operational Procedures, the PNP must generally issue a verbal warning before it can use force against the offender. Furthermore, it is only allowed to use such force as would be necessary and reasonable to overcome resistance put up by the offender, subdue the clear and imminent danger posed by him, or to justify the force/act under the principles of self-defense or defense of others.