PRRD disapproves CHR request to open PNP case folders related to EJKs
by UNTV | Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Acting Interior Secretary Catalino Cuy said President Rodrigo Duterte stands firm on his order that all investigations to be conducted against police and soldiers must have his consent.
This is in relation to the request of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to open police case folders to which the president disagrees.
Still, Cuy said they are still open to help the CHR in any way possible.
“We’ll find other ways to help the CHR in their effort. We’ll continue the meetings, I hope they understand our position,” said Usec Cuy.
CHR plans to conduct a full review of all the case folders of the PNP that they believe are cases of extrajudicial killings
The commission wants to check, in particular, if incidents of victims resistance in police operations are true, specifically cases from May 2016 up to present.
The commission believes that within the said period, the number of deaths related to EJKs has increased.
Despite the president’s disapproval, the agency is not losing hope.
Based on the statement of Commissioner Chito Gascon, they will send another request on the matter.
Meanwhile, DILG plans to review all policies on the manner of recruitment, training, and deployment of policemen.
DILG is also in favor to return the full control to the PNP of all training involving new policemen.
Cuy said all of these are ways to maintain the good image of the PNP that critics want to destroy.
“Despite the effort of good policemen, there are some who wants to destroy our image, and we don’t want them also out of the organization,” said the undersecretary. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has announced that the decision to dismiss the drug charges against big time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and others is void.
For this reason, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) is set to submit additional evidence against the said drug personalities.
CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos said that although they believe they have a strong case, they will still submit the transcript of the statement of Espinosa during a Senate inquiry where he admitted being a drug dealer and his extrajudicial confession to the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).
“As far as we are concerned, we have already shown that what is stated there is uncontested,” said Orsos.
The extrajudicial confession of Kerwin to the AIDG states that he was distributing illegal drugs while in detention through his men.
He also said he was introduced to other drug lords like Peter Co, Tony Co, and Peter Lim while in detention.
In line with this, the CIDG is confident that the police unit can win against the said drug lords.
“If you will read the resolution, if you scrutinize it, it’s really reversible,” said the legal chief.
However, Orsos said the fiscal have to explain why they have a contradictory decision regarding the case against Sen. De Lima. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
(L-R) ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio and PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa
MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc of the lower house of Congress believes the number of human rights violations in the country may rise due to the subpoena powers given to the Philippine National Police.
“Our primary concern is that it will result into the abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the people,” ACTS Teachers Party List Representative Antonio Tinio said.
A group of lawyers, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL), shares the same view on the matter.
“It will open the opportunity to unlawful and illegal search, arrest and seizure of properties,” said NUPL president, Atty. Edre Olalia.
Tinio also raised alarm that the government might also soon give similar powers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The Makabayan bloc said it is open to question the new law, but noted it will study first its possible violations of the Constitution.
On the other hand, PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa vowed that the police will not abuse the use of such powers.
He added that the subpoena powers will greatly help the PNP in investigating cases as it will speed up the release of required documents or persons.
PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos, initially revealed that anyone who ignores the subpoena of the PNP can be detained.
“It can be considered as contempt of higher court, meaning RTC (Regional Trial Court). It’s not only a contemptuous act against the MTC (Municipal/Metropolitan Trial Court), meaning you can be incarcerated for up to 30 days,” said Orsos. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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