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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Party-list Cong. Jericho Nograles (PBA) said the so-called “ninja cop” controversy should prompt Congress to expedite the approval of proposed legislation that seeks to strengthen the internal affairs mechanism of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Nograles said the Senate’s inquiry on ninja cop which tagged resigned PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde as an alleged protector should now compel the legislature to separate the power and authority of the internal affairs service from the sphere of influence of the entire police force its leadership.

Nograles recently re-filed a proposed measure that seeks to create an Internal Affairs Service for the police force that is outside of the PNP chain-of-command.

Nograles said under the present set-up, the supposed “brotherhood” system among members of the PNP “has diminished the integrity of the existing internal affairs service amid allegations of cover-up by top police officials on the wrongdoings of their subordinates.”

Nograles’ House Bill 3065 removes IAS from the supervision and control of the PNP chief and transfer this to the the direct supervision of the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government.

He said that “the IAS should be free from influence, pressure and intervention from the chief PNP, and other high-ranking PNP officers in adjudicating administrative cases.”

Apart from investigating and adjudicating administrative wrongdoings of PNP personnel, the proposed bill also seeks to empower the IAS to have recommendatory powers in the selection and promotion of PNP personnel.

Under Nograles’ HB 3065, the IAS could also provide assistance to the Office of the Ombudsman and other PNP Disciplinary Offices in cases involving PNP personnel.

It can also recommend the admission to the witness protection program of the Department of Justice (DOJ) of witnesses who are vital to the prosecution of PNP Personnel involved in criminal cases.

The proposed IAS under HB 3065 will have its own organizational hierarchy which will be headed by an Inspector General.

The new PNP IAS will establish regional, provincial, city and municipal offices nationwide, with a separate staffing pattern and mode of recruitment for its personnel.

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