BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Philippine National Police yesterday assured members of the judiciary of their safety and security against threats, intimidation and crimes, including those perpetrated through the internet and social media platforms.
In a statement, PBrig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba, PNP Public Information Office chief, said “We acknowledge that the judiciary is an independent and distinct branch of the government, and we value their key role in a democracy like our country in protecting fundamental rights, settling disputes and administering justice, among others.”
We, therefore, assure the Supreme Court and the public that the PNP will always be on the side of the law and ensures the safety and security of the honorable members of the court to enable them to promulgate decisions without fear of reprisal or retribution, Alba said.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday warned of punitive action against individuals who threaten judges, following the dismissal of a government petition to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, by a regional trial court judge in Manila.
“The Court sternly warns those who continue to incite violence through social media and other means which endanger the lives of judges and their families, and that this shall likewise be considered a contempt of this court and will be dealt with accordingly,” the SC said in a statement, it issued.
As part of its mandate to serve and protect the public, PNP assures everyone that it is committed to undertake measures to protect the citizenry, including the members of our judiciary, Alba said.
As part of our efforts to establish greater collaboration with the legislative branch, he added that the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACU) and District Anti-Cybercrime (DAC) have been ordered to render courtesy calls to judges and prosecutors in their respective areas of responsibility, to offer their assistance and provide lectures on cyber awareness.
This is to maintain close coordination and build rapport with our community partners and stakeholders to make our presence felt and to promote our services to the general public, Alba added.*