Sunday, 22 October 2017
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IACLA  |  Protecting our Men and Women in Uniform

CAMP RAFAEL CRAME, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) signed an agreement creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action or IACLA during the 20th AFP-PNP National Joint Peace and Security Coordination Council meeting at Camp Crame.

PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Bato Dela Rosa and AFP Chief of Staff Gen Eduardo Ano led the signing which aims to strengthen the pursuit of cases againts the terror group New People’s Army (NPA) and other armed groups fighting the PNP and AFP.

According to Police Director Camilo O Cascolan of the Directorate for Operations, even before the agreement forming the IACLA, the PNP and AFP has the IALAG or the Inter-Agency Legal Action Group that handles cases against rebels and bandits.

The IALAG dissolved 2012 and the PNP established the Committee on Legal Action, but it was not as effective as its predecessor.

Meanwhile PNP Directorate for investigation and Detection Management Director Augusto Marquez explained that of the 2,504 cases filed against police officers and / or soldiers and monitored by the DIDM from January 2012 until July 2017, only 292 cases were considered cleared or solved. This is considered below par in terms of “level of performance” in the progress of cases filed against our men and women in uniform.

It is the mandate of the newly-created Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action to handle the major backlogs, in particular unresolved cases, against the NPA and other enemies of the state. AES/ALS

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