Col. Simon says that after watching the video himself, he can say that there were “errors” in the way the two officers approached Anne Pelos [the trans woman “profiled” in the video]. He then claimed that there’s no such thing as “Oplan X-men,” saying that instead, what they have is “an anti-criminality campaign directed [at everyone] regardless of their sexuality or gender, [at] all forms of crimes perpetrated by all individuals,” which they have been implementing since October last year.
“Hindi namin sini-single out, hindi namin tinatarget ang community ng LGBT[Q+] (We are not singling out or targeting the LGBT[Q+] community),” the police chief clarified.
Col. Simon added that, upon consulting with leaders of the LGBTQ+ community, the Makati police will be undergoing a gender awareness program so that their police officers would know how to properly approach people and invite them for profiling.
Although there is still a long way to go, this incident should serve as a lesson on how law enforcers and authority figures should educate themselves more about gender sensitivity and awareness.