Solon urges Comelec, M’cañang to investigate CIS application as partylist

REP. Antonio Tinio asked the Commission on Election (Comelec) to look deeper into the qualification of the Anti-Crime Community Involvent and Support (ACT-CIS), INC., currently applying for accreditation for the party list elections.

“ The CIS is a program of the CIDG PNP supposedly intended to recruit private citizens to help the CIDG-PNP fight crime. However, it seems that some of its leaders have now transformed it into a party list organization and I would not be surprised if its nominees are PNP officials or their close relatives.

In fact, one of its nominee is Ma. Rosella Pagdilao, is reportedly the wife of PNP CIDG head Gen. Samuel Pagdilao Jr. The Comelec should look at the CIDG website (http://cidgcis.xtreemhost.com/) where Gen. Pagdilao himelf extolled the CIS project and asked the PNP for more recruits all over the country” said Rep. Tinio.

“The party-list law and the Supreme Court prohibit the entry of government projects or its adjuncts into the party list system. In fact, this was the main ruling in Bagong Bayani vs. Comelec when the Court disqualified Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MAD) in 2001 for being an anti drug project of the PNP. The Comelec should carefully screen this organization.” he added.

“The worst part is that the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo attended the CIS Convention in Cebu possibly not knowing that a group using the CIS project applied with the Comelec” revealed Rep. Tinio.

“Sec. Robredo died in a plane crash after attending that Cebu convention. I urge Malacanang to investigate whether that convention was a party list convention and not a legitimate project of the CIDG. PNP Chief Nicanor Barolome should also be asked whether he has knowledge of the CIS application with the COMELEC,” he added.

“The ACT-CIS also committed substantive lapses in their application that will also disqualify them from the party list system” said Rep. Tinio.

“The group failed to state what marginalized sector they represent. Its nominees do not belong to a marginalized sector and in fact, failed to state in their application their respective profession or work a crucial requirement so that Comelec will find out their track record if any.

A look at the PNP-CIDG website (http://cidg-cis.com/ ) will show that indeed CIS is an adjunct of the PNP” he concluded.

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