By Francis Allan L. Angelo


THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR-6) will assist a non-uniformed personnel assigned at the LaPaz police station in Iloilo City in her case against a ranking official of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO).


CHR-6 director David Bermudo said they are willing to help Mika in her quest for justice should she file charges of sexual harassment against Senior Insp. Virgilio Buena.


Bermudo said they will investigate if Mika (not her real name) lodges a formal complaint with the commission.


“If her rights were violated based on our investigation, we can recommend appropriate actions against the police official involved,” Bermudo said at the sidelines of the National Human Rights Consciousness Week celebration Tuesday.


Bermudo said police officers should respect and preserve human rights being persons in authority.


Buena, ICPO operations officer, is accused of allegedly fondling Mika’s hair, neck and waist inside the office of Insp. Alexander Rosales, LaPaz police officer-in-charge, last week.


Buena denied the allegations before his superior officer, ICPO OIC-director Eugenio Espejo, saying he was just joking.


The Office of the Regional State Prosecutor-6 assured it will keep tabs of Mika’s case against Buena since it involves a police officer.


Assistant regional state prosecutor Virgilio Garcia said they will make sure that no whitewash will happen if Mika sues Buena before the Iloilo City Prosecutor’s Office.


The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) has ordered Espejo to investigate the allegations against Buena.


Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, PRO-6 director, chided Espejo for trying to shun his responsibility to investigate the case by forwarding the matter to the regional headquarters.


“That’s not how you lead a unit. He should take responsibility for the actions of his subordinates,” Cuevas said.


Espejo said he has ordered Rosales, Buena’s classmate at the PNP Academy, to file an incident report relative to Mika’s complaint.


Espejo said Buena has been relieved as operations division chief pending the investigation.


The PNP Regional Internal Affairs Service is also investigating PO1 Joan Cepeda for allegedly trying to dissuade Mika from suing Buena.


Cepeda denied the allegations saying she was just explaining to the complainant the possible consequences of her complaint against Buena.