By Joel C. Atencio, PNA
“You have the right to remain silent and anything you say will be used against you in court. You have the right to consult with an attorney and to have that attorney present during questioning, and if you are indigent, an attorney will be provided at no cost to represent you.”
This in essence is the “Miranda Doctrine” which elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are using whenever they make arrests.
Senior Supt. Jesse Perez, PNP-Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) head, assured on Friday the public, and human rights advocates as well, that police operatives are reciting the “Miranda Doctrine” when making arrests against lawless elements, especially those caught in the act of committing a crime.
Perez said the “Miranda Doctrine” is part of the basic training and knowledge on police investigation which PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo has been pushing for “back to basics” programs to ensure that all the 135,000 policemen nationwide have enough skills.
The PNP official was one of the guests in the weekly Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) Forum on Friday at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bldg. in Quezon City.
Also appearing in the weekly forum are PIA Planning and Research Director Betty Lou Peñera, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Human Right Education and Research Office (HRERO) Director Elzy Ofreneo, PNP-HRAO non-uniformed personnel (NUP) Marieper Mapanao and Rosario Garcia of Economic Social Civil Rights-Asia.