August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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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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