Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What you do in training, you do in battle…

Yesterday while browsing facebook, I came across a 5 minute video which is a segment of a police drill.  The video does not show what kind of drill it was but it appears to be a barricaded situation and there are already several casualties lying around.

Immediately, I can see several violations of PNP regulations and SOPs in the police actions but taken
in positive light, it is a very good justification for conducting such exercise.  The policemen need the training to improve their skills and I hope that they do.  Allow me to give some inputs.

What really caught my attention is the sheer number of casualties that the police did not immediately attended to.  Here are some pictures:

Some of the casualties are so far away from the scene that it is obvious that medical personnel can already attend to them immediately SAFELY.  Others are actually behind the police barricade!

 The Rule 18, Section 1, Item b of the PNP POP (2010 Edition) states:

This police reaction is not limited to training though.  Watch the news and you can often see policemen milling around a “dead person” whether it is a suspect or a victim.  If you are observant enough, you will see that the cops actually call for the SOCO to process the scene even before some competent authority like a doctor or paramedic declares the person dead.

Around ten years ago, I remember a news footage of a cop being interviewed on live TV saying “Mainit init pa nga ang bata ng inabutan namin.” referring to a dead infant found stuffed in a box and left in the steps of Quiapo Church.  In the background of the video is the box with the infant still inside with a lighted candle beside it, supposedly lit by the policeman himself.  The policeman is waiting for the SOCO!  My reaction to that news was “What if the infant is still actually alive considering that mainit init pa nga sabi ng pulis?  Why was the infant not immediately brought to the hospital?  Does the policeman know that the pulse of infants cannot be immediately felt even by trained professionals like doctors that they need a special stethoscope to listen to the deep seated heartbeats?  Recently, I also found it disturbing that Ex-PDI reporter Mae Magsino, a high profile shooting victim in Batangas City, was left in the pavement covered with flimsy cardboards while waiting for the SOCO (again) to process the scene.
And this trend is just not limited to the police.  Even some barangay officials act this way.  In this video of an incident that happened in Caloocan City just about two months ago, a man who was shot was left to bleed to death because a barangay official told the people not to carry the man “for investigation purposes.”


This training video from PRO 10 is actually an affirmation that policemen act the way they do because this is how they were trained to react.  Obviously then, there are some very wrong things injected in the training.  I hope that the DHRDD does something about this.

As for me, this is what I always emphasize to my colleagues:  unless a person is headless, decomposing, or very obviously dead, let us bring that person to a hospital and let the doctors pronounce him or her dead.  This is especially true if the person involved is a police officer.  This should never happen again!

That is a fellow policeman.  Even if he is dead, let us give him the dignity to be grieved upon by his family in a hospital or a private place.  Not on the streets…

What if that happens to you?


  1. Tutuo yan Sir. Kahit mga victims ng aksidente di agad ginagalaw kahit meron na mga medics. For the sake ng investigation? yung mga tao sa paligid di mo alam kung usyoso lang or takot makialam. Napaka importante ng ilang minutes na yun kung dinala agad sa hospital yung victim instead na pag piyestahan ng mga tao at meron pa times na kinukunan pa ng picture or video para ipost lang sa social media sites

  2. Wag lng pulis ang sisihin nyo.yun kc ang dpat nmin gwin.not necessarily na 1st responder ang mghahatid ng patient sa hospital,maliban lng kung trained rescuer cya(graduate ng standard1st aid o BLS at iba pang training na kelangan).ang unang2 ginagwa ng 1st responder ay icordone ang area to protect d crime scene at tumawag ng Emergency Medical Service kung wla pang bystander o concerned citizen na tumawag.at mag-initial interview sa mga nkasaksi.trained rescuer/nagvolunteer na Dr o nurse o paramedics lng ang pwedeng magbigay ng medical assistance sa mga patient.hindi pwedeng galawin ang mga taong involve sa VA kc pwede cyang may SCI.ang mga rescuers lng ang may alam kung ano ang dpat gawin.ang role ng bystander ay tumawag lamang ng EMS at hindi dpat pumasok o mkialam sa crime scene pra hindi ito macontamina.kc kung tinakbo mo agad sa hospital ang patient,pwede nadagdagan mo lalo ang kanyang injury.imbes na mabu2hay pa sana ay pwede pang ma2tay.may principle sa Emergency rescue at Fist Aid na dpat tandaan, "do not add further injury" at "do d lesser evil".now,kung wla kang alam sa 1st aid,pabayaan mo na.hayaan mong ang authorized na tao ang gagawa nun.so,ang opinion ko sa bagay na ito ay mas mabuti kung ang LGUs/NGOs ay mgtrain ng mga lay rescuers regardless sa stado ng buhay.sa pamamagitan ni2,mas maraming buhay tayong maisasalba..tnx

    1. salamat sa comment but in many cases, any pinakakailangan ng first responder, ASIDE SA TRAINING, AY SENTIDO KUMON. look at the examples above. gunshots ang mga injury kaya mas maliit ang chance ng further damage kahit na imove ang victim. mas dapat dalhin sa ospital agad ang biktima kesa mag antay ng ambulansya. and about sa pulls na nababaril, kahit patay na, dapat dalhin sa ospital para pag iniyakan sya ng kanyang pamilya, sila ay hindi nakabilad sa kalsada...


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