RIAS – CAR chairperson lawyer Alan Antonio Mazo, in a press conference at the PIA Regional Office here Wednesday, led the advisory council members in presenting their signed resolution that calls for the removal of the Internal Affairs Service under the direct supervision of the PNP to strengthen its function - not just a mere recommendatory office but a driving force in the internal cleansing of the country’s police force.
The resolution also expressed support to House Bill Number 3056 filed by Representative Jericho Nograles of the First District of Davao City, which seeks the transfer of the IAS under the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Mazo outlined that their resolution aims to uphold the purpose why the IAS was created, which is to effectively “police the police” or be a watchdog of irregular actions or behavior of police personnel/officer through an independent, impartial and objective investigative and adjudicatory manner.
Aside from Mazo, signatories of the resolution are RIAS Advisory Council vice chair Erikson Felipe of the business sector, and members Leonarda Aguinalde (Academe), Rev. Benedict Villapa (religious community), Rachelle Ann Velilia (youth sector), Regional Director Editha Puddoc (NAPOLCOM – CAR), RD Helen Tibaldo(PIA CAR) and media practitioners Dhobbie De Guzman (TV), Jordan Tablac (Radio) and Harley Palangchao (print).
Copies of the resolution will be furnished to both Houses of Congress. The group also enjoins their counterparts in the other regions to support the cause.
The RIAS – CAR resolution stemmed from the recent alleged “Ninja Cops” – illegal drug controversy that put public doubt in the integrity of the PNP. IAS Inspector General Trias Alfegar Triambulo sought for independence in their line of work, which at present is a mere recommendatory function, in order to strengthen the government’s internal cleansing campaign for the PNP.
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By Carlito C. Dar