An Alleged thief in tanauan Batangas was publicly humiliated.
He was paraded in the street with handcuffs while carrying
a placard hanging in his neck. It is written in the placard
the phrase “do not do what I did”
This act was condemned by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
The man allegedly stole an electrical cable worth 3,000 pesos
from one of the company inside the First Philippine
The act of publicly humiliating the arrested suspect by
publicly parading him was allegedly ordered by Tanauan City
Mayor Antonio Halili.
Mayor Antonio Halili said that there is a lot of thief in his
City and instead of the City being disgraced, it is better that
the arrested thief will be the one to be disgraced so others
as well as the arrested suspect will unlikely commit this crime
The arrested suspect refused to give a statement when interviewed,
he said that he is afraid for his security and of his family.
The suspect said that it is not true that he stole the electrical
cable. He was disgraced and embarrassed by what the Mayor forced
him to do.
This is not the first time that Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili
forced a suspect to be publicly humiliated in public.
In 2014, Mayor Halili also forced a thief of dried fish in a
market to be paraded in the streets.
The Commission on Human Rights ordered that an investigation
of the incident be made as soon as possible.
Atty. Banuar Falcon, OIC of the Commission on Human Rights Media
Office said that those who forced the suspect to be paraded may
think that they are not causing the suspect any harm but the
truth is they are already pre-judging the case against the suspect.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is also
investigating the case.
Rene Brion, DILG Regional Director for Region IV-A said that the
DILG will never condone any acts of public humiliation of a
suspected criminal. He said that the act of publicly humiliating
a suspect is against the law.