PNP investigating 3 cops caught on video beating man in Paniqui, Tarlac

Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., said on Monday that they will investigate the three cops caught on video beating up a man in Paniqui, Tarlac.

Cerbo identified the three cops as PO3 Ritchel Antonio, PO3 Fernando Acosta, and PO2 Gerardo Bermudez, all members Paniqui police station, were have been relieved from their posts and were ordered to report to the office of Tarlac provincial director, Senior Superintendent Alfred Corpuz.

The 39-second video of the beating went viral on the social networking site Facebook showing the three police officers confronting a man wearing an orange shirt in a public place.

One of the police officers kicked the man in the chest, while the other punched him until he fell on the ground. While the victim was already in a sitting position, an officer continued to punch him until the last seconds of the video, where voices can be heard in the background as if trying to stop the officer.

After investigation on the incident, Cerbo said it turned out that the officers responded to a complaint against the still unidentified man, also about mugging.

Cerbo said that Antonio, one of the involved officers, claimed that he was also hurt from the incident. He was said to have submitted a medical certificate to back up his claim.

Cerbo said the officers also charged the man of direct assault and physical injuries. “We guarantee we will not tolerate this kind of incident," he said, adding the three policemen face administrative liabilities if found guilty. "We have placed the three cops under restrictive custody and will investigate,” he said.