MANILA, Philippines – Around 15,000 pocket cards bearing the Miranda warning will be distributed to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) this week.
The cards, donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), contain the Miranda warning in Filipino, Visayan and Cebuano languages on the front.
On the back is an anti-torture warning.
“We’ve tried to make this card even more suited to the Philippine context in the sense that it now contains the anti-torture warning,” said Atty. Evecar Cruz Ferrer, ICRC’s legal adviser.
A case filed against a suspect may be dismissed if the accused is not informed of the Miranda rights.
“This is one of the human and constitutional rights of any person, moreso a person suspected of committing a crime,” said Senior Superintendent Gregorio Pua, deputy chief of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office.
An officer who fails to inform the suspect of his/her rights may also face administrative charges.
“That is perhaps a simple neglect of duty or a grave neglect of duty, it depends on the circumstances,” said Pua. -- Report from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News