Young Woman Plans To File Charges Against Catcalling QC Cops
A young woman was planning to file charges against Quezon City policemen who catcalled her despite the city ordinance to penalize any forms of street harassment.
The 21-year-old Xandi Pascua, a research analyst took to social media her plan to sue catcalling policemen of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) for catcalling her, which is now considered as a form of harassment.
Pascua said that the incident happened last week when a black QCPD mobile unit stopped in front of her and saw a policeman inside the vehicle staring at her. She also heard a whistle coming from the mobile unit.
The lady explained that the police vehicle even stopped twice about 10 meters away from her when she stopped walking despite the moving traffic along the road.
The woman said that she has requested for the surveillance footage of the incident from the Quezon City People’s Law Enforcement Board. She also admitted that she hesitate to seek assistance from QCPD fearing that the investigation might result in biased result.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said that the authorities will conduct an investigation regarding the incident and to file charges against the erring policemen if the accusation were proven to be true.
“We should educate everybody. Yung culture sa police hindi dapat ganun. Kung merong ganyan na kulturang macho, itatama natin yun. Hindi dapat to ginagawa at hindi natin itotolerate,” said by Eleazar quoted by Philstar.
In 2016, Quezon City’s local government passed an ordinance to penalize catcalling and any forms of street harassment including asking for dates, numbers, taunting woman about sex, and cursing have a minimum fine of P1, 000 and maximum of P5, 000.
The violators could be also jailed about one to 30 days. Severe violations such as displaying of genitals in public, groping, and stalking have corresponding sanctions and penalties.
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