Lacson wants Marcos-era law amended to boost law enforcement ops: ‘Di pwedeng umepal sa pulis!
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday (July 17) said it is high time for lawmakers to revisit Presidential Decree 1829, which penalizes any persons for obstruction of apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders.
Lacson made the statement after lapses were observed at a robbery incident in Metrobank Binondo branch last week where responding policemen were barred entry when a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) policy was invoked.
“Dapat i-revisit ang batas dahil presidential decree ito ni former President Marcos, alam ko hindi pa repealed yan. Mas magandang mai-convert ito into a Republic Act na pinagtibay ng Kongreso at bigyan pa ng matinding pangil,” he said in an interview over dzBB radio.
Lacson said that the police should have known their authority because there is a marcos-era law mandating it and the crime scene standard operating procedures under the PNP field manual should have been strictly enforced.
“Kung alam lang ng mga pulis ang karapatan o authority nila, dapat hindi na-hinder ang kanilang investigation noong hindi sila pinapasok. Malinaw roon (field manual) na sinasabi ang first responders sa crime scene, dapat agad-agad sila magre-respode papasok at hindi sila pwede awatin dahil may parusa sa pipigil sa kanila,” he said.
The senator warned that properly identified Metrobank security or staff who prevented the authorities from doing their initial investigation on the robbery incident can be charged for violating P.D. 1829.