"This training is not just passing on to you new facts or profound legal terms and phrases. This is essentially about going back to our original and most important mission as police officers—that is, to be servants and protectors of the people. This is essentially about accepting our responsibility to uphold the law, most especially, those laws that pertain to Human Rights”. This was the encompassing message of PDDG MARCELO P GARBO JR, The Deputy Chief PNP for Administration to the 50 police investigators and custodial officers of the Manila Police District (MPD) during the kick off activity of the series of Two-day Human Rights Refresher Course for PNP Investigators and Custodial Officers held from September 3 to 4, 2015 at the GMA Hall, MPD Academy Building, Ermita Manila.
Pasay City, September 17-18, 2015. After the successful conduct of the 1st Leg of the Series of Two-day Human Rights Refresher Training for PNP Investigators and Custodial Officers held from September 3 to 4, 2015 at the Manila Police District, the PNP through the Human Rights Affairs Office held the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Leg of the training on September 17, 2015 for 50 police investigators and custodial officers of the Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP) with PCSUPT PABLO E BALAGTAS, Director of the AVSEGROUP, gracing the event as the official representative of the Guest of Honor and Speaker, PDDG DANILO S CONSTANTINO, the Deputy Chief PNP for Operations.
“More than just a training session, this will help advance the PNP’s record in handling and filing criminal cases particularly during the conduct of identification, arrest, and custodial investigation of suspects without committing human rights violations” PDDG CONSTANTINO conveyed in his message read by PCSUPT BALAGTAS.
“By orienting our participants on the fundamentals of human rights, investigative procedures based on Philippine Laws and our Police Operational Procedures, our investigators and custodial officers would better appreciate their respective roles and the need for closer collaboration”, he explained further.
Meanwhile, PSSUPT DENNIS A SIERVO, the Acting Chief, HRAO manifested that the September 17-18, 2015 human rights refresher training is a building block for effective performance. It is what builds the capability of our investigators and custodial officers as champions on human rights in conformity with the principles and standards of rights-based policing.
Discussions included context setting on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other International Covenants on Human Rights, selected provisions of the Revised Penal Code, Rules of Court, and Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law, Administrative Order No. 35 “Creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Extra-Legal killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture And Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty, And Security of Persons” and other related special laws on human rights.
Under the capability building component of the Human Rights Development Program, three more human rights refresher training are planned through the end of 2015 for the police investigators and custodial officers of Eastern Police District and Northern Police District of the National Capital Region Police Office geared towards the full institutionalization of respect for human rights as a way of life in the PNP as envisioned in the PNP HRAO P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2025.