Arm judges, lawyers? No problem-PNP

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has no objection over a proposal to allow judges, government prosecutors and lawyers to arm themselves for protection against attackers.

A senior PNP official said this yesterday after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima expressed support to growing calls to allow judges, prosecutors and lawyers to bear firearms.

“That proposal… is okay with us in the PNP as long as their firearms are properly documented and registered with us,” PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said.

Cruz said judges, prosecutors and lawyers should follow the procedure if they would want to carry firearms.

“If they want to carry a gun, then they must apply with the PNP a PTCFOR or what we call Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence… we just want the proper procedure on this to be followed,” Cruz said.

De Lima said judges, prosecutors and lawyers are natural targets for harassment and violence because of the nature of their work.

An association of human rights defenders, the National Union of People’s Lawyers, said at least 15 judges and lawyers had been attacked and killed last year.

Two of them were among the 58 persons who were brutally murdered in the infamous Maguindanao massacre. Anthony Vargas


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