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PING : PROBLEM IN PEACE AND ORDER CAN BE WORSEN

PING : PROBLEM IN PEACE AND ORDER CAN BE WORSEN
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MANILA, Philippines, - Philippine might turn into "Wild, Wild West" if would allow citizens to arrest suspected drug traffickers in exchange for reward money and will only worsen peace and order problems.

This is a warning issued by Senator-elect Ping Lacson, as himself accused in the past of involvement in summarily executing kidnapping and robbery suspects and who is also known for his tough stance on criminality.

A former chief of the Philippine National Police, Lacson also expressed opposition to Duterte’s call for three PNP generals suspected of involvement in the illegal drug trade to resign or be identified and humiliated in public.

The warning of Ping was issued after Duterte urged citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who would resist arrest and fight back.

The PNP is inclined to allow Duterte to expose and relieve the police generals he believes are involved in the illegal drug trade, but officials are not daring him to give names.

Ping said that the call could cause confusion and among law enforcers and civilians who might take the law into their hands so they could claim the bounty. Ping said that “While the Revised Penal Code allows citizen’s arrest and self-defense as a valid legal reason to kill a person, law enforcement authorities might lose control of the situation as civilians are not trained to gather and process intelligence or conduct overt operations against armed criminals,” in a text message to The STAR.

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He said the situation might escalate into a serious peace and order problem.

“No peace-loving citizen needs or deserves a Wild, Wild West environment,” Ping said.

During the thanksgiving party of our President-elect Duterte in Davao last Saturday (04 June 2016), Duterte urged the three generals based at Camp Crame to resign. The generals should be allowed to defend themselves against any allegation as per Ping.

“If the information is baseless, unverified or not validated, it would be unfair not to give them a chance to defend themselves,” he said, as he was himself a victim of trial by publicity. Ping said that the private citizens should be encouraged instead to report to authorities the presence of major drug lords and traffickers in their communities.

“That is where the incentive of monetary reward should come into play,” Ping also added that as he outlined the process of verifying the list of drug suspects and other criminal syndicates. “The process entails a series of exchanges of information among the different intelligence agencies.”

After this, the drug suspects are placed in the Order of Battle (OB) of the authorities.  “The OB is a classified document and declassifying it follows a defined procedure and timeline. The public has no direct or indirect access to it,” he said. About a decade ago, Lacson was accused of having links with the illegal drug trade by former anti-narcotics agent Mary Ong alias “Rosebud” and alleged informer Ador Mawanay. Ping had denied the allegation, which became the subject of a Senate inquiry and turned out to be not supported by evidence.

Source: Philstar

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