PUBLIC ATTORNEY’S OFFICE: Legal Assistance Provider for the PNP members
“So on we go, his welfare is my concern. No burden is he to bear, we’ll get there. For I know he would not encumber me, He ain’t heavy – he’s my brother.”
– Bobby Scott & Bob Russel
These lines taken from a popular ballad written in the 1960s reflect the thrust of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) to support the PNP by providing legal assistance to policemen.
As the PNP continues to promote legal assistance for PNP personnel, the Legal Service (LS) is strengthening its linkage with the PAO, which has vowed to provide legal aid to police officers. Under Section 2 of Republic Act 9406, the PAO is an independent and autonomous office attached to the Department of Justice for purposes of policy and program coordination. Under Section 56 of Republic Act 8551, DOJ is one of the agencies tasked to provide legal assistance to the PNP.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 28 June 2011 01:03)
DOJ ISSUES ADVISORY OPINION ON RULES ON MILITARY/POLICE CHECKPOINTS
Advisory Opinion No. 1 signed by Secretary Leila M. De Lima is issued in line with the thrust of the Department to take a pro-active stance and dynamic approach in criminal justice concerns.
“We came out with this initiative to protect the public from abuses committed by law enforcers and to weed out illegal checkpoints,” said Secretary Leila M. De Lima.
The ten (10) checkpoint rules outlined in the Advisory are anchored on the constitutional guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures (Section 2, Article III). These are:
Last Updated (Wednesday, 13 July 2011 05:26)