PNP warns security agencies against obstruction of justice PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:10

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday warned private security agencies against obstructing police investigation when crimes are committed within their areas of responsibility.

Chief Supt. Tomas Rentoy, chief of the PNP-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), issued the warning in the wake of the controversy over the mauling of actor Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro inside the Forbeswood Condominium in Bonifacio Global City.

”Some security guards do not realize that when a crime is committed, this in effect deemed to be under the control of the police. All pieces of evidence must be collected and examined in order to ensure that justice prevails and parties responsible for the crime shall be made accountable in the court of law,” said Rentoy

Rentoy stressed that security guards should provide all necessary assistance to the police should a crime is committed within their areas of responsibility.

”Guards, being under the administrative regulatory authority of the SOSIA should wait for no time in providing ready support and assistance to police investigating a crime incident in their area,” said Rentoy.

Rentoy warned that if private security guards are found committing obstruction of justice, “they will be charged criminally and their licensed revoked immediately.”

The PNP-SOSIA is the agency in-charged of issuing licenses to private security guards.

Navarro was beaten up allegedly by a group of men, led by businessman Cedric Lee, inside the condominium unit occupied by model Deniece Cornejo last Jan. 22 after the actor supposedly attempted to rape her.

Charges and counter-charges have been filed by the opposing parties.

The PNP-SOSIA said that the Navarro case has implication on the security measures being undertaken in the condominium being secured by Megaforce Security Agency, as closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) are supposed to be spread out in strategic places of its premises.

Investigators said that CCTV footages can serve as vital source of information and part of the evidence that may be collected by the police in digging deeper into the case.

”Security guards are supposed to be ‘force multipliers’ of the police against crime. However, when these guards could not readily disclose what actually happened in their jurisdiction on the pretext of prior ‘clearing’ from their supervisors, investigators begin to suspect these guards might be in collusion with persons involved in the crime or do not simply want to implicate themselves in any legal disputes, which is a deviation from their role as security guards,” said Rentoy.