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May pwede, may bawal: Ping says PNP can restrict access to spot reports under these conditions

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The Philippine National Police may be within its rights to restrict access to spot reports under certain circumstances, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.

Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, said such restrictions are possible only if the spot reports have security classifications.

“Ano ba ang security classification ng spot report? Kung walang security classification either ‘Restricted,’ ‘Confidential,’ ‘Secret’ or ‘Top Secret,’ walang dahilan para di ibahagi ito,” he told reporters.

But if such spot reports have no security classifications, Lacson said the PNP risks violating a Malacanang executive order for freedom of information.

The FOI executive order covers the executive branch, which includes the PNP, he noted.

“Ma-violate nila ang EO na nilabas ng Pangulo… Ang coverage (ng EO), di saklaw ang legislative and judicial branch. At least executive branch covered ng kanyang pinalabas na order,” he said.

“Pero kung ‘Confidential’ ang security classification ng spot report or ‘Secret’ or ‘Top Secret,’ may katwiran sila,” he added.