Bato sees no need for rules on use of subpoena powers: Kunsensiya na lang gamitin

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa rejected the need for him to issue rules with regard to use of subpoena powers.

At a press conference, Dela Rosa said “conscience” should be enough guidance for the PNP chief, the director of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and his deputy in using the power to issue subpoena granted to them by President Duterte.

“Hindi ko na kailangan magbigay ng rules siguro ‘yan. Tatlo lang naman kami, ako, CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) tsaka deputy director,” Dela Rosa said.

“You use your conscience, ‘yun ang rules na sasabihin ko sa inyo, use your conscience, kung kailangan talaga, gawin ninyo, ‘pag hindi kailangan, ‘wag niyong gamitin, ‘yun lang, kunsensiya lang ninyo,” he added.

Duterte signed Republic Act 10973 last March 1 authorizing the PNP chief, the CIDG director and deputy director for administration to issue subpoenas on cases under investigation.

Failure to comply would entail the filing of a case for indirect contempt before the courts.