Sen­a­tor ex­pects PNP to sub­mit spot re­ports

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ASENATOR on Thurs­day called on the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) to be “trans­par­ent” about its op­er­a­tions by show­ing its spot re­ports to the Se­nate and to re­porters.

Sen­a­tor Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino said it has been a prac­tice among jour­nal­ists, even in the past, to ask for a spot re­port as their ba­sis for writ­ing their sto­ries.

“Are they hid­ing some­thing?” asked the sen­a­tor.

PNP of­fi­cials said spot re­ports form part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that may not be dis­closed to me­dia, un­less with a per­mis­sion of the head­quar­ters.

Aquino said he ex­pects PNP Chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa to com­ply with his ear­lier com­mit­ment to give sen­a­tors a copy of the PNP's spot re­ports, es­pe­cially on cases of al­leged ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and deaths out­side po­lice op­er­a­tions.

Aquino said jour­nal­ists are re­spon­si­ble enough to han­dle con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion con­tained in the spot re­ports.

In ad­di­tion, Aquino said the PNP's di­rec­tive to with­hold spot re­ports from the me­dia con­tra­dicts Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte's push for trans­parency through the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion (FOI) in govern­ment. SunS­tar Philip­pines

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