Law giv­ing PNP sub­poena pow­ers lauded

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THE Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO 11) lauded the law au­tho­riz­ing the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) high-rank­ing of­fi­cials to have sub­poena pow­ers, as this will now has­ten the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

PRO 11 re­gional di­rec­tor Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Manuel Gaer­lan said in an in­ter­view that the sign­ing by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte last March 1, 2018 of Re­pub­lic Act 10973, which amends Re­pub­lic Act 6975 or the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code restor­ing the sub­poena pow­ers of the PNP and PNP-CIDG Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG), is timely.

“It's about time. Since the time of Philip­pine Con­stab­u­lary, it was only the Chief of CIS (now Di­rec­tor, CIDG) who has sub­poena pow­ers,” he said.

Un­der the new law, the PNP chief and CIDG di­rec­tor and deputy di­rec­tor for ad­min­is­tra­tion are given con­sent "to ad­min­is­ter oath and to is­sue a sub­poena and sub­poena duces tecum in re­la­tion to its in­ves­ti­ga­tion."

It also said that the

sub­poena shall state the na­ture and pur­pose of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, shall be di­rected to the per­son whose at­ten­dance is re­quired, and in the case of a sub­poena duces tecum, it shall also con­tain a rea­son­able de­scrip­tion of the books, doc­u­ments, or things de­manded which must be rel­e­vant to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

"Fail­ure to com­ply with sub­poena and sub­poena duces tecum shall au­tho­rize the fil­ing of a case for in­di­rect con­tempt un­der the Rules of Court with the Re­gional Trial Court," the law reads.

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