Sotto files bill that will make IAS independent of PNP

Published October 21, 2019, 12:31 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senate President Vicente Sotto III will push in Congress the proposal to make the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) an independent institution to discipline scalawags in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sotto said Monday that he will file a bill in the Upper Chamber seeking to separate the IAS from the PNP.

“I will [file a bill on this]. I’m already drafting it. I will also consult Sen [Panfilo] Lacson,” Sotto told the Manila Bulletin in a text message.

Sotto said separating the IAS would be the solution to rid the 190,000-man police force of bad eggs and regain the public’s trust in them following the “ninja cops” controversy that led to the resignation of the police General Oscar Albayalde as the country’s top cop.

“The key to all this for us to pluck out the IAS from the PNP and place it under the Office of the President,” the Senate chief said.

Sotto earlier favored the appeal made by IAS Director General Alfegar Triambulo to make IAS an independent agency so it can fully perform its mandate of investigating and imposing penalties on erring policemen, among others.

This was also the one of the recommendations of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, which probed recently the anomalous anti-drug operation carried out by Albayalde’s former subordinates in Pampanga in 2013.

Senator Richard Gordon, committee chairman, said last week that it was high time to strengthen the IAS.