Palasyo: Walang nilabag sa Administrative Code

WALANG nakikitang irregular ang Malakanyang sa nakasanayan na ang isang Undersecretary ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang may kontrol sa Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ang katuwiran ni Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, kahit ipinagkatiwala sa isang Usec ang pagkontrol sa PNP ay nagre-report pa rin naman ang Usec sa Kalihim ng departamento kaya’t walang iregularidad sa nakasanayan nito.

“The position and the plantilla in the DILG is there’s one Cabinet secretary and there are two undersecretaries: one for local government, which is the position of Austere Panadero, and the other is for police and this occupied by Undersecretary Puno. The final responsibility in that particular department is with Secretary (Jesse) Robredo and, in fact, he has jurisdiction over the police. And that has been demonstrated in his various instructions during several situations where the police were involved. It was Secretary Robredo who was giving out instructions. I don’t see any irregularity there. It’s that just also the hierarchy of the DILG explicitly delineates responsibilities of the undersecretaries. But the final responsibility in the department rests with the Cabinet secretary,” ayon kay Sec. Lacierda.

Sa ulat, ang PNP sa ilalim ng Administrative Code ay kailangang sumasailalim sa kontrol ng DILG Secretary  at hindi ng isang Usec lamang.

Iyon ang dahilan kung bakit atat si Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago na imbestigahan ang isyung ito.

“To our mind and to our government, there is no irregularity there. There are Usecs involved—Usec of this, Usec of that. You’ve got the Usec, for instance, of Administration and Finance. It does not mean the buck stops with the Undersecretary of Finance and Administration. The buck stops with the Cabinet secretaries,” ani Sec. Lacierda.

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