Four senators on Tuesday rebuffed House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas’ proposal of offering lawmakers their very own police drive to make sure their security.
“Baka sila kailangan nila. Ako hindi ko kailangan. Gastos lang yan, additional gastos lang ‘yun,” Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III mentioned.
Minority Leader Franklin Drilon noticed no want for a so-called Philippine Legislative Police (PLP).
Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Panfilo Lacson, former navy and police officers respectively, mentioned that no matter safety is required by lawmakers may very well be offered by their respective Office of Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA).
“Minimum ang requirement ng legislature for such a highly expensive security force,” Trillanes mentioned.
Farinas, who by the way additionally wished to be accorded with parliamentary immunity from visitors regulation violations, mentioned the PLP could be utilized by members to implement Congress’ energy of contempt and subpoenas.
But Lacson dismissed Farinas’ plan as one other excuse to create “private armies.”
“Hindi ko maintindihan anong proposal ng legislative police. Anong powers, functions, mandate? Kailangan i-define nang mabuti. Meron din sila security personnel. May augmentation pa, dati may Marine personnel pa riyan. As of now kung ako ang tatanungin wala akong nakikita,” Lacson mentioned.
Lacson, chair of the Senate accounts committee, mentioned Farinas’ plan would require billions of pesos in salaries, allowances and capital outlay.
“Ilang bilyon yan, 292 congressmen and 24 senators? Mamaya pati mga staff, mga COS maghihingian. So we will be establishing an entire legislative police force. Anong strength? Wala akong nakikitang need. Anyway hintayin namin dito. Let’s wait for the House version kung meron silang ipapasa,” he mentioned.