Triambulo: Independent unit for the investigation of rogue cops

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The police unit in charge of investigating fellow officers suspected of illegal activities calls for a separate body from the Philippine National Police.

The Internal Affairs Services (IAS) is nothing like its foreign counterparts, in which rouge officers are frightened because they are independently standing away from the police organization, the director said, Atty. Alfegar Triambulo.

The department lacks power to protect witnesses against abusive government officials since they handle administrative cases and not criminal complaints.

“Kaya nga gusto namin hingin sa Senado na bigyan po kami ng tinatawag na proteksyon ng witness kasi pag nasampa na nila IAS, nagtatago sila dahil hina-hunting daw sila. Maraming gustong magsalita laban sa katiwalian sa pulis natin, pero natatakot kasi wala nga kaming ibinibigay na proteksyon sa kanila,” Triambulo told ABS-CBN.

 

“Aming isinusulong na maging independent katulad ng mga IAS na aming napuntahan sa ibang bansa kaya sila ay matibay at kinatatakutan ng mga police organization, he added.”

In addition, Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of National Police Commission (Napolcom), Rogelio Casurao, noted that the recommendations from the IAS are “subject to the approval of the Chief PNP.”

 

Furthermore, Ex-PNP chief, Albayalde, was accused that he protected 13 Pampanga cops who reportedly resold seized shabu in 2013 operation.

A dismissal order that resulted only to a demotion when they filed a motion for reconsideration, after which the criminal cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence.

In relation to this, 4 of 13 officers faced a new scandal as criminal cases and a dismissal order were filed due to alleged attempted murder, robbery, and planting of evidence in Antipolo, Rizal.