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Manila ordinance requires govt agencies to inform mayor before anti-crime operation

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To protect people from fake law enforcement agents, the City Council of Manila has recently passed an ordinance requiring government agencies to coordinate with the Office of the Mayor before conducting anti-crime operation in the capital.

In a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has signed last November 9 the Ordinance No. 8437, which covered Manila Police District, National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Department of Justice, Bureau of Immigration, the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs.

The ordinance was authored by Councilors Bernardito Ang, Marlon Lacson, John Marvin Nieto, Ernesto Dionisio Jr. and Edward Maceda.

“[F]ailure on the part of the law enforcement authorities to coordinate with the city government, the local police and/or barangay officials, the latter may refuse to honor the service of the search warrant, warrant of arrest, summons or mission order, which shall be considered a legal defiance,’’ said the ordinance.

“The ordinance was passed as a shield against fake law enforcement agents serving search warrants, warrants of arrest, summons or mission orders and entering private property without legitimate orders, thus creating tension, chaos and confusion and sowing fear among innocent victims,” the Inquirer report said.

Under the ordinance violators will be punished with a prison term of not less than eight months but not more than one year, or a fine of P5,000 or both.