By Nancy I. Maanao
The attorney general's criminal charge against the driver of the red Jeep that destroyed Jerry's Kitchen is hardly the achievement of justice in that case. What Kandit has pursued from the beginning is for justice to be brought upon the corrupt police officers involved in the cover up.
Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao, in a 5-minute phone interview with Kandit News, discussed with us today how off-duty police officers should not willingly travel in a car with a driver she has been drinking with, how police officers are held to a higher standard of conduct, and why a third, yet-to-be-named investigator on the case is under investigation.
Here are excerpts from the interview:
"The actions of the officers being investigated are of the officers on scene, and of course the actions of the off-duty officer." - Sgt. Tapao
"It would be against your code of conduct for you to willingly be a passenger of a car, where you know the driver has been drinking alcohol, correct?"
"Committing a violation, committing a crime is against our code of ethics. Yes, you are correct. We all have to follow laws. Regardless if we’re enforcing laws. We are held to a higher degree of accountability. On and off duty, we have to abide by the laws."