Feb 28, 2021 @ 12:19

Lawmaker wants DOJ prosecutors to handle criminal investigations

Official investigations will have better structure and will surely stand in court if members of the Department of Justice’s prosecutor service are tasked to handle them.

Iligan City Rep. Frederick Siao backed House Bill 5227 filed by abogado and Cagayan de Oro Congressman Rufus Rodriguez that seeks to assign state prosecutors for criminal investigations “to curb police abuse, irregularities, and case dismissal because of technicalities.”

The issue is again revived amid the probe on the misencounter between the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Siao said the proposal “was spurred in part by the revelations of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on how anti-drug operations the DOJ reviewed were riddled with irregularities and violations.”

“(W)ith the prosecutor in charge, the chances of conviction significantly increase because less cases would be dismissed because of technicalities, irregularities, noncompliance with laws and standards, and police abuse of authority,” he added.

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