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Monday, September 16, 2019

Top PNP officials can now subpoena witnesses

THE Philippine National Police chief, director and the deputy director for administration of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group now have the power to issue subpoenas.

Supt. Reyman Tolentin, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 spokesperson, said that this could lead to the fast resolution of cases categorized as deaths under investigations. “It will compel anybody who has witnessed a crime to come up and testify. They can give their testimony or affidavit and it will help the investigation, which will lead to the resolution of the crime,” Tolentin said.

He denied that this development is a sign that the country will soon be placed under martial rule. “So gone are the days when you see a crime and you’ll just say I did not witness anything. We can issue a subpoena so you will have to testify so that the wheels of justice will move. Hindi na lang passive ang tao and everybody will be engaged in our criminal justice,” Tolentin said. (JOB)
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