Laguna solon calls for probe into local police leadership

Laguna solon calls for probe into local police leadership

By: - Reporter / @luisacabatoINQ
/ 05:21 PM May 08, 2024

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MANILA, Philippines — San Pedro City (Laguna) 1st Dist. Rep. Ann Matibag has called for a “comprehensive Congressional inquiry” into the local police leadership in every city and municipality, particularly the San Pedro City Police Force.

In a statement on Wednesday, Matibag said that she fears the “anomalous assignments and unjust actions coming from a directive given to the police force in her city.”


Matibag mentioned a series of “troubling incidents,” including the reprimand of an officer who assisted her during a crowded event, an “excessive show of force” during an arrest, and the purported misuse of police resources for personal security and political interference.


“These incidents paint a disturbing picture of a force seemingly beholden to the whims of a few, jeopardizing the safety and security of the very community it’s sworn to protect,” Matibag said.

She raised issues with how police leadership is chosen, which, she said, mainly depends on suggestions from local authorities.

Matibag also called for a review of the Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998 for a more “independent and meritocratic” selection process.

“The strength of a society lies in its institutions. The integrity of these institutions is paramount. When the police force acts as a private army, it erodes this integrity, leading to a loss of public trust,” she said.

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