THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has vowed to provide legal assistance to officers and men of the Philippine National Police (PNP) facing harassment cases in the performance of their duties.
The PNP welcomed the vow, knowing full well that in many instances, men and women in uniform find themselves in “trouble” for doing their jobs, like arresting supposedly “untouchable” personalities.
They include influential and powerful individuals involved in the highly-profitable but illegal drug business, such as drug manufacturers and pushers and their protectors in the government service.
The pledge was contained in a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed recently between PNP chief General Archie F. Gamboa and IBP national president Domingo Egon Q. Cayosa.
In the said memorandum, the IBP and the PNP agreed to open and maintain direct lines of communication between their national and local leaders for faster coordination.
Specifically, the IBP will provide legal assistance, through its legal aid program, to harassed police officers and men, who do not have access to a competent member of the Philippine Bar.
The PNP, on the other hand, will give preferential attention to incidents of violence against lawyers, prosecutors and magistrates to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable.
Elarde L. Idos, a village councilman of Pindangan East, Alcala, Pangasinan, described the PNP-IBP partnership as “timely” considering the intensified campaign against the “drug monster.”
Barangay officials and employees are duty-bound to support the anti-drugs campaign of President Duterte, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and General Gamboa, said Idos.
Indeed, our men and women in PNP uniform, like the overseas Filipino workers, are among our modern-day heroes.