a person sitting at a table: PNP chief Police General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan © screengrab from PNP livestream PNP chief Police General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan said Monday the police organization will not be affected if an American bill, which intends to suspend assistance to the state's security forces, will become a law.

At a press briefing, Cascolan  said the US is extending assistance when it comes to schoolings, training, conferences, and joint police exercises. However, he stressed that what is important for the PNP is the support of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"For as long as the Philippine National Police has the support of the President, that's what we are in. Walang problema sa amin 'yan for as long as the President supports the PNP, we are very, very happy," Cascolan said.

"We also have what you call joint military exercises, we also have joint police exercises, but this in no way, if they pull out the support from us, will affect the Philippine National Police," he added.

"As long as we have the support of President Rodrigo Duterte, we will be doing our job and the morale of the PNP is still very very high..." Cascolan reiterated.

Last week, Pennsylvania Representative Susan Wild introduced a bill before the US Congress, which seeks to suspend the American aid to the Philippine military and police as a response to the passage of the highly-opposed anti-terrorism law.

The American lawmaker expressed concern over the human rights violations allegedly perpetrated by security forces. She cited a criteria that the Philippines has to meet for the resumption of the aid if it would really be suspended:

  •     Investigating and prosecuting members of the military and police forces who are credibly found to have violated human rights;
  •     Withdrawing the military from domestic policy;
  •     Establishing protections of the rights of trade unionists, journalists, human right defenders, indigenous persons, small-farmers, LGBTI activists, and critics of the government;
  •     Taking steps to guarantee a judicial system that is capable of investigating, prosecuting, and bringing to justice members of the police and military who have committed human rights abuses; and
  •     Fully complying with any and all audits or investigations regarding the improper use of security aid.

Interior Secretary Eduardo A?o has said the matter is a foreign policy and within the purview of the Office of the President and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

He, however, believed that the country's security forces would survive even without the aid from the US.

For the part of the military, Armed Forces spokesman Major General Edgard Arevalo said it is "unfair to judge or to pronounce that the AFP is [a] violator of human rights and for it to be the basis of removing aid for the military."

Arevalo maintained that government forces are in no way involved in any kind of human rights violations.—AOL, GMA News


This article Cascolan: PNP won't be affected if ever US pulls out assistance was originally published in GMA News Online.

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