By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Richard J. Gordon underscored having the ability to hold erring members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) accountable through the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 2331, which seeks to establish a specialized court handling cases involving its members.
Gordon, the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee chairman, described accountability as the hallmark of modern democratic governance through the Police Law Enforcement Court.
“There exists a significant and overarching constitutional and fiduciary principle that those entrusted with public power are accountable to the public for the exercise of their trust,” said Gordon during his sponsorship speech.
“Our institutions must be seen as an instrument which signals competence and organizational trustworthiness. What we see and hear nowadays fosters fear of the law enforcers. Kaliwa’t kanan na batikos ang inaabot ng PNP,” he added. (ai/mtvn)