Saturday , June 23, 2018

Lawyers' group slams DILG's order to set up drop box for crime reporting

A GROUP of lawyers has criticized the Department of Interior and Local Government's (DILG) order to install drop boxes in municipalities nationwide to gather information reports against drug suspects and criminals.  
National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia, in a statement on Tuesday, called the DILG's move as another "draconian snowball," in the administration's war on drugs.
"It's another draconian snowball in the avalanche of dangerous shortcuts to fighting crime and drugs," he said, adding that the lawyers in the country should as well install "drive-thru counters for good measures."
The DILG, in a memorandum circular dated August 9 has set up guidelines for its community-based programs to help battle criminality and drugs.
Included in the circular is the order to install drop boxes wherein people can drop names of drug suspects and criminals in their community.
Olalia criticized the order saying "anybody can invent, manufacture, recycle or abuse unvetted information."
Ordinary citizens and even critics and dissenters of the government could be victimized by this order, he added.
The NUPL president said they consider challenging in court the assailed order that violates the public's right to due process.
"We will study forthwith whether this open violation and threat to the rights to due process and presumption of innocence have reached the legal level of an actionable wrong ripe enough to be immediately challenged in court."
DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy has recently downplayed the order saying these are not just created for drug suspects alone but also to get comments and suggestions from the public.
The Philippine National Police also defended the order and assured the public that they are investigating properly and they will not arrest the suspect if the evidence is lacking. (SunStar Philippines)