MANILA -- Operations have been challenging for members of the police unit in charge of investigating fellow officers engaged in illegal activities because they have only been treated as a “skeletal force” in the Philippine National Police (PNP), an official said Sunday.
Atty. Alfegar Triambulo, director of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS), said the unit was holding office at a warehouse in the PNP headquarters Camp Crame for a long time before it was transferred recently to a multi-purpose hall.
The central office, for instance, is only using 2 vehicles for all the operations of 600 uniformed personnel, and taking turns to use computers.
“P86 million ang 2018 budget pero iyan po ay 1/8 pa lang po sa requirement ng Internal Affairs Service. Ang Internal Affairs Service ay nag-exist ng almost 19 years nang walang kagamitan sapagkat walang ibinibigay na budget,” he told reporters in a media forum amid drug recycling allegations grappling the country's police force.
Triambulo said offices in the provinces are facing more difficulties to fulfill their duties. They also have limited employees, especially in Caraga and ARMM regions, where there are only 8 and 12 employees, respectively.
“Walang kaming sasakyan, walang motor... 14 ang tao, isa lang ang computer,” he said.
The IAS was created in 1998 pursuant to Republic Act 8551 or the PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998 to act as an independent watchdog of the police force.
In an earlier interview with DZMM, Triambulo said it already wanted to be independent from PNP.
“Aming isinusulong na maging independent katulad ng mga IAS na aming napuntahan sa ibang bansa kaya sila ay matibay at kinatatakutan ng mga police organization,” he said.