Law giving PNP subpoena powers lauded
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.