MANILA - The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Wednesday said it is studying the proposal of the Internal Affairs Service to break away from the Philippine National Police, saying it could have repercussions with other agencies.
"The proposal came as a surprise and we have not fully studied it. When I talked to Sec. [Eduardo] Año about it, his response was: We agree in principle that IAS has to be strengthened and there has to be some sort of independence but we have to study its repercussions to other agencies," said DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
On ANC's Headstart on Wednesday, Malaya said if the DILG gives IAS full independence, it would impact the National Police Commission first.
"Because the proposal of the IAS is for the National Police Commission no longer to decide on cases with regards to wrongdoings of police officers," Malaya said.
He added that the IAS is a tool of the chief PNP to eradicate scalawags.
"The National Police Commission would then be limited to policy making and no longer investigating cops. Because of these repercussions to these agencies we also need to consult the police organization," he added.
IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo reiterated the need for a strong, independent and autonomous IAS to better investigate and adjudicate cases involving police scalawags.
Triambulo noted that internal affairs offices in other countries are feared by rogue police because they are independent from the police organization.
The proposal is to place IAS under the DILG and not as a unit of the PNP.
He said IAS can be the operating arm of the Napolcom so there is check and balance instead of just duplicating their function.
Malaya meanwhile said they have not been given the exact details to the IAS proposal.
"The DILG supports strengthening the IAS because the internal cleansing program is an important aspect of the reforms that we need in the PNP," he said.