CIDG hopes to speed up investigations after subpoena power grant

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2017 05:33 PM

MANILA - The investigating body of the Philippine National Police hopes to expedite its job, after Congress granted them subpoena powers. 

"More than happy. This is an organizational advancement for CIDG. We are looking forward to a better and faster investigative process in CIDG and the PNP as a whole. Thanks to our legislators," Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Director Roel Obusan said. 

CIDG National Capital Region Director, Senior Supt. Wilson Asueta also said this will give them the authority to access documents and copies of CCTV footage which are needed in their investigation. 

"We can easily ask documentary evidence from concerned individuals and entities so we can have it and use in filing of cases," Asueta explained. 

CIDG said it was hard to get information which can be used as evidence.

"We cannot force them to produce documents to appear before us, so a mere invitation only, voluntary basis only," Asueta said. 

Obusan vowed that police will not abuse the subpoena power granted to them. 

"It will not be abused. Subpoena can be checked, the person can consult lawyers and other learned individuals. It will not supplant rights of the People. In fact this can lessen conduct of search warrants," Obusan said. 

In the law enforcement group, only PNP is unable to issue subpoenas as opposed to NBI, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Department of Justice.

The CIDG subpoena power was approved by Senate last January and has recently passed third reading in the House of Representatives.