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Palace: Arming anti-crime volunteers needs more study

By Deighton Acuin

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Malacañang said Monday the proposal seeking to provide firearms to individuals helping in campaigns against criminality needs to be studied.

“There is not a policy yet. I’m sure it will be subjected to full staff work pero meanwhile may riyalidad na habang tumutulong ang mga volunteers, may banta rin sa kanilang buhay,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a media briefing.

“He’s [President Rodrigo Duterte] open to the idea pero wala pa naman finality,” he added.

Citing remarks from Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Guillermo Eleazar, Roque said volunteers have rights to defend themselves from imminent dangers.

But, Roque said such are speculative to be discussed as no policy being approved.

“Let’s not waste time speculating. But for now, it’s speculative,” he said.’

The proposal came after Duterte said the volunteers could make “citizen’s arrest” in time a crime was committed, as they are the “force multipliers” that can ““help enforce the law.”

Following the latter’s remarks, Eleazar expressed his support on the matter as it is an assurance for volunteer’s protection.

However, opposition personalities have opposed the move as it is “very dangerous” that can increase dangerous and abusive activities.


Report source: Manila Bulletin