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RIAS fast-tracks probe of relieved Davao cops

THE REGIONAL Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) is expediting its investigation of the 35 Davao City police officers relieved from duty in May. 

Lawyer Aimee Agbayani, RIAS legal affairs chief, aims to conclude the probe within 90 days.

Ang nahitabo karon relieve as of the moment dili pa gyud sila kabalik sa tagsa tagsa trabaho (What happened now they can’t return yet to their respective duties),” Agbayani said. 

She hoped they could issue a resolution in 60 days. 

Speaking at the AFP-PNP press briefing held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel on June 5, Agbayani explained the investigation will involve initial inquiries, pre-charge investigations, and summary hearings to determine formal charges.

She clarified that the relieved officers retain their benefits while awaiting investigation results.

RIAS prioritizes resolving the seven cases involving the relieved officers despite current manpower limitations. Agbayani says they’re seeking assistance from provincial offices to expedite the process.

Agbayani outlined RIAS’ authority to conduct motu proprio investigations for police misconduct, including illegal discharge of firearms, serious injuries or deaths in custody, evidence tampering, and violations of engagement rules.

RIAS currently handles 63 cases, including the Davao City incidents. Resolved cases bring the active docket to 54, with 9 pending.

RIAS also investigates other complaints, including neglect of duty and irregularities. 

Agbayani says they prioritize cases with complainants but handle some internally.

Moreover, she said after completing investigations, RIAS submits recommendations to the Police Regional Director for appropriate consequences.


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