Proposal for Free Legal Assistance to Uniformed Personnel Approved at Committee Level – Manila Bulletin

Another priority measure of the Marcos administration was approved at the committee level on Wednesday, November 16.

(Ellson Quismorio/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Approved “in principle” by the Houses’ Justice, Public Order and Security, and National Defense and Security Committees on Wednesday, the proposal for free legal assistance to government uniformed personnel facing charges resulting from an incident related to the performance of official duty.

During the joint hearing, the three House panels passed a motion to consolidate a total of 10 measures providing free legal assistance to uniformed personnel.

These 10 measures were House Bill (HB) Nos. 8, 1259, 1755, 1901, 2192, 2909, 4193, 4626, 4805 and 5193.

The resulting replacement bill and committee report will then be approved by the plenary of the House.

The measure covers uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Prisons Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG ) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

It is one of 30 bills in the Common Legislative Program (CLA) of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).

Tingog Party List Representative Jude Acidre in his endorsement speech said government uniformed personnel put their lives at risk daily so that people can enjoy the peace and order provided by the law.
“However, in the line of duty, a number of these personnel are sometimes accused of harassment, human rights violations and other charges,” Acidre said.

“It is in this context that we would like to introduce HB No.8, which provides free legal assistance for uniformed personnel resulting from an incident related to the performance of official duties.”

House Speaker Martin Romualdez and Tingog Party List Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez were also authors of HB #8.

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