Roxas to probe Sereno’s complaint on disobedient cops
MANILA, Philippines – Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II said he would investigate the complaint of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno about police disobedience.
Sereno slammed last Thursday the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines forum for “refusing” to implement court orders particularly those involving the killing of media practitioners.
“Our courts in the provinces have been acting [on cases] but many local police forces have refused to implement our orders that include cases involving journalists,” Sereno said.
As a response, Roxas vowed to investigate the alleged PNP negligence in enforcing court matters.
“I would look into [Chief Justice] Sereno’s concerns that our local police authorities are not enforcing court orders that include cases involving journalists,” Roxas said in a statement.
He said he would cooperate with the Supreme Court in getting into the bottom of the matter.
”The Chief Justice, however, could not immediately give figures on how many orders and writs had been unserved, saying she was still in the middle of conducting her own investigation to address this problem, which she said has been practiced by law enforcers ‘for a significant number of years’ already,” Roxas added.
The PNP organization is one of the DILG’s attached agencies.
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