One family: PNP suggests placing Internal Affairs under Napolcom

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Posted at Oct 23 2019 11:34 AM | Updated as of Oct 23 2019 11:51 AM

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MANILA - The Philippine National Police wants to place the Internal Affairs Service under the National Police Commission instead of functioning as a separate unit under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, a PNP spokesman said Wednesday. 

"If we're asked if we can present another option, we'd rather suggest that Internal Affairs Service come under the Napolcom because we belong to one family," said PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac.

On ANC's Early Edition on Wednesday, Banac said while they respect the IAS, the PNP believes its proposal to separate from the police organization needs further study.

Banac said under their suggestion, "coordination and preparations for these undertakings would not be very difficult."

This suggestion is likewise a welcome move, according to Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao.

"Very welcome move because right now the independence that they are trying to figure out will be realized if they come under the auspice of the National Police Commission," said Casurao.

In the same interview, Casurao said it would not require legislative intervention if IAS is placed under Napolcom as it manages and supervises the PNP.

"With Napolcom, you get the independence that you want in terms of your adjudicating powers, in terms of your budget for instance---these can be addressed already if you are within the auspices of the National Police Commission," he said.

He added IAS could also bolster the law enforcement functions of Napolcom, which is undertaken by one division. 

"With IAS bolstering this particular division of the National Police Commission, it will spell a lot of difference and enhancement," he said.

He also explained that the results would be the same if IAS was placed under the supervision of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

"It's the same. If you put it under the National Police Commission that puts IAS also under the DILG. The Chairman of the National Police Commission is the secretary himself. It creates the same effect. I think it shortens everything," he said.

Casurao also pointed out that putting IAS under the Office of the President would also be an ideal situation.

"Because the independence they are longing for, the budgetary requirements, the personnel complement that they want to realize can easily be addressed because it's the Office of the President that can arrange all these things for them," he said.