In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– Safeguards vs abuse in the law restoring subpoena powers to the CIDG (RA 10973)
– Claim by a UN rights official that President Duterte needs to undergo psychiatric evaluation
– Pursuing legal action vs CPP-NPA ‘terrorists’
– ICC’s principle of complementarity
– PRRD telling PNP not to cooperate with UN probe
– Calls by the DILG not to vote for barangay election candidates involved in drugs
Republic Act 10973 allows the PNP chief and CIDG director/deputy director for administration to issue subpoenas in relation to their investigation work. Sen. Lacson authored and sponsored the measure in the Senate.
Mr. President, fellow members of this august chamber, I have the honor to report on the Senate floor Senate Bill No. 1239 entitled “An Act Amending Sec. 35 B (4) of Republic Act No. 6975, Otherwise Known as “An Act Establishing the Philippine National Police Under A Reorganized Department of the Interior and Local Government, And For Other Purposes,” as embodied in Committee Report No. 10, in substitution of Senate Bill No. 1052.
The Philippine National Police’s investigative capability may get a major boost from a bill filed by its former chief, now Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson: the restoration of its power to subpoena people and documents for investigation.
Senate Bill 1052 seeks to strengthen the PNP’s Criminal Investigation Unit (now the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) by restoring its authority to issue subpoena by amending Republic Act 6975, the act establishing the PNP.
“Under the present law, the CIU (now CIDG) is mandated to undertake the monitoring, investigation and prosecution of all crimes involving economic sabotage, and other crimes of such magnitude and extent as to indicate their commission by highly-placed or professional criminal syndicates and organizations. Hence, it is somewhat contradicting that the primary investigative unit does not possess the power to issue administrative subpoenas for the conduct of their mandated duties,” Lacson said of the bill, which has been referred to the Senate committee on public order and illegal drugs.
Ibabalik ang kapangyarihan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na makapag-isyu ng subpoena sa mga tao at mga dokumentong kinakailangan para sa mga isinasagawang imbestigasyon.
Ito ang pangunahing layunin ng Senate Bill 1052 na iniakda at inihain ni Senador at dating PNP Chief Panfilo Lacson sa hangaring magkaroon ng mas mataas na kredibilidad ang resulta ng mga imbestigasyong isinasagawa ng ahensiya.
Sa ilalim ng panukala ni Lacson, partikular na binibigyan ng kapangyarihan na makapag-isyu ng subpoena ay ang Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).