"This training is not just passing on to you new facts or profound legal terms and phrases. This is essentially about going back to our original and most important mission as police officers—that is, to be servants and protectors of the people. This is essentially about accepting our responsibility to uphold the law, most especially, those laws that pertain to Human Rights”. This was the encompassing message of PDDG MARCELO P GARBO JR, The Deputy Chief PNP for Administration to the 50 police investigators and custodial officers of the Manila Police District (MPD) during the kick off activity of the series of Two-day Human Rights Refresher Course for PNP Investigators and Custodial Officers held from September 3 to 4, 2015 at the GMA Hall, MPD Academy Building, Ermita Manila.
“On this day, I call on each and every member of the Philippine National Police to remain committed to humanitarian principles. Together, let us work to maintain peace in our society and fulfill our solemn oath to serve and protect the civilians and non-combatants. We in the Philippine National Police must strive to become beacons of hope and vanguards of humanitarian action”. – PDDG DANILO S CONSTANTINO, The Deputy Chief PNP for Operations during the Closing Ceremony of the Human Rights Officers Cluster Training of Trainers for PROs 4A, 4B, and 5 at Eurotel North EDSA, Quezon City.
PSSUPT SIERVO announced in a press briefing with the ABS-CBN and other media organizations held on August 26, 2015 at PIO, Camp Crame, Quezon City that the PNP-HRAO will be distributing very soon the translated version of the Miranda Warning and Anti-Torture Act in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese Language, as a proactive measure of the PNP in the increasing number of foreigners, especially Chinese nationals, being arrested in Palawan for poaching and as an offshoot of the revalida of HRAO during the Compliance Stage of the Performance Governance System.
In some instances that the police officers would find it difficult to recite the Miranda Rights and Anti-Torture Act on the said foreign languages, PSSUPT SIERVO explained that voice recordings will be made available and would be played on the arrested suspects.
Further, HRAO, in coordination with the Information Technology Management Service, is presently developing a mobile application where the Miranda warning pocket cards and other human rights may be uploaded to make it very accessible most especially to our personnel in the field, aside from posting said advisories at the PNP HRAO website www.hrao.pnp.gov.ph.
The updating of the contents of the official PNP Miranda Warning Card with Anti-Torture Warning aims to equip PNP personnel with the right information and/or materials with which to advise foreign nationals placed under police custody of their rights under the law. As impact, these cards serve as reminders to PNP personnel to adhere to international human rights standards and police operational procedures.
It can be recalled that in 2012, the HRAO collaborated with the International Committee of the Red Cross for the distribution of thousands of copies of the revised pocket card version of the official PNP Miranda Warning Card with Anti-Torture Warning in English, Bisaya, Ilocano, and Cebuano Version to the 17 Police Regional Offices.