Po­lice refuse to share case files with CHR to pro­tect vic­tims, sus­pects

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! -

PHILIP­PINE Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa said Satur­day they were hes­i­tant to for­ward to the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (CHR) the records re­lated to drug killings and sus­pected hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions that are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause they are man­dated to pro­tect all those in­volved, ei­ther civil­ians or po­lice per­son­nel.

“Mahi­rap na basta re­quest ibi­gay na natin hindi ba. May lim­i­ta­syon din tayo kaya meron tay­ong mga doc­u­ment se­cu­rity (cat­e­gory). Not re­ally to hide some­thing but in or­der to pro­tect each and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in­volved in that in­ci­dent, not only ‘yung pulis na nag-op­er­ate but pati na rin ‘yung mga bik­tima (We can't just grant any re­quest. There is a lim­i­ta­tion which is why we have doc­u­ment se­cu­rity cat­e­gories, not re­ally to hide some­thing but in or­der to pro­tect ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in­volved in the case, not just the po­lice who con­ducted the op­er­a­tion, but also the vic­tims,” he said when asked how he will re­spond to a CHR re­quest for ac­cess to the case fold­ers.

Even in cases that have been re­solved, Dela Rosa said care­ful eval­u­a­tion is still needed be­fore the records are for­warded to any agency.

“Bakit pa gusto nila? Meron na­man spot re­port, ‘yung spot re­port na binibi­gay namin it will sup­ply all the needed de­tails na gusto nila (Why do they want it when we have spot re­ports, which al­ready pro­vides all the de­tails),” said Dela Rosa.

In August, of­fi­cials of the PNP, De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and CHR met and agreed that as part of their in­for­ma­tion shar­ing,

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