MANILA - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile sees no need for lawmakers to fast-track and approve a bill filed by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to penalize individuals who defy police cordons.
He said there is already an existing law on preserving crime scenes.
“Maglagay ka ng police line. Puwedeng arestuhin ang lumabag doon. Kaya marami pa ring lumalabag doon dahil nga hindi sila ikinukulong,” Enrile stressed in statement released by the Senate on Wednesday. “May batas ka nga, pero wala namang ginagawa ang mga police. The law cannot enforce itself.”
Under Revilla’s Senate Bill 2399, people who ignore a police cordon and disturb a crime scene can be either jailed for up to six months or fined P3,000.
It seeks to amend to amend Presidential Decree 1829 on the obstruction of arrest and prosecution of criminal offenders.
"This is to preserve and protect the pieces of evidence that would lead to the successful apprehension and prosecution of criminals," Revilla said in the bill's explanatory note.
Enrile also shot down House Bill 2737 filed by Cebu 6th district Rep. Gabriel Luis Quisumbing that seeks to impose a news blackout during crises.
Quisumbing has filed House Bill 2737 seeking to prevent media from reporting police and military positions, movements, and actions during crisis situations.
“Hindi na kailangan iyon. All you have to do is to put a cordon,” the Senate president said. “You can tell the media to stay at this distance and not interfere with the operational aspect of the event.”