July 18, 2018: ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol with Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, DA-7 RD Atty. Salvador Diputado and Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero led the launching of the 7th National Rice Technology Forum in Talibon town today. The forum highlights farming technology that allows farmers to be at the field to evaluate, assess and appreciate existing technology during the farming season with the aim to increase production and lower cost. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol reiterated commitment to address high fish price by introducing more fish to Bohol market in the short term financing for fisherfolk, fish farming and cold storage facilities. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol is guest at today's blessing and turnover of 55 fiberglass reinforced plastic pump boats with accessories in Loon town. The 55 boats will be distributed to beneficiaries in 31 coastal barangays of Loon which is part of the P2-M prize of the LGU for being among first 10 to register under Fish Registration (FishR) program of BFAR. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA Sec. Manny Piñol led the ribbon cutting rites to open the Agri-Fair 2018 at the Bohol APC Grounds. The fair will run until July 21, 2018.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Over low conviction rates… Chatto bares scheme to Equip prosecuting cops

By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov 11, (PIA) – Saddled with very low convictions in crimes and at the risk of nasty backlash in its anti-crime campaign Bohol mulls on setting up a training program for police officers who may have to build up solid cases against suspects. 

Governor Edgar Chatto bared this even as he invites the members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in similar undertakings to help whet the program into a workable solution to the deformity in prosecuting cases. 

At the RPOC, which is now led by the Bohol governor, Chatto shared the plan in apparent response to the clamor of members of the local peace council to increase convictions and keep the criminals off the streets and behind bars. 

Provincial Prosecutor Macario Delusa, at a PPOC meeting in Guindulman few months ago admitted that the low conviction rate often happens when built cases are basically shot down on technicalities or are just too flimsy to withstand legal shaking. 

Chatto, who also chairs the PPOC has tasked Capitol Research Unit through Local Monitoring Board coordinator Romeo Teruel to find ways where Bohol’s innovative law enforcement assistance program can help. 

Bohol has initially instituted Legal Assistance for Effective Law Enforcement Program (LAELEP), one that legally aids police officers entangled in cases in the line of duty. 

While LAELEP helps in the prosecution by defending police officers through ag agreement with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the police investigator building a case is generally left on their own wits, a member of the PPOC said. 

With barely enough tools to build a case, police officers into prosecuting cases build shaky arguments, if ever they get to first base and not clipped by technicalities, a prosecution lawyer once said. 

Several drug cases for example, failed to dent on the anti drug operations as potential witnesses are think twice before sharing relevant information as to the uncertainty of conviction often allows the suspect to home in on the informant. 

Over this, Chatto said the program they are aiming hopes to strengthen the building up of cases to get a higher batting percentage. 

And by doing so, Capitol sees a program, a non degree course but earns police officers the proper skills to ensure conviction. (30)

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