GERMAN outreach group Hanns Seidel Foundation, named after the dynamic German politician, bridged prosecutors and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao last Tuesday to increase prosecution of criminal complaints and elevate them to court level.
Senior deputy state prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon said it is the duty of both prosecutors and police officers so criminal complaints could be elevated into cases and secure convictions.
“When you build a case, you must aim for a conviction. There may be lapses of the police in presenting evidence to the prosecution but prosecutors must not be passive, too. The police and the prosecution must cooperate with each other,” Fadullon said.
Along this line, prosecutors from the five provinces of Northern Mindanao led by regional state prosecutor Merlynn Uy and the regional police office-10 led by Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb attended the day-long dialogue last Tuesday at Seda Centrio in Cagayan de Oro City.
According to Hanns Seidel Foundation resident representative Gotz Heinicke, future sessions will be conducted to ascertain how the previous dialogue sessions may have improved the cooperation and information exchanges among the prosecutors and police investigators.
In the past, Hanns Seidel Foundation has already been a partner with the PNP in its Human Rights Development Program implementation since 2008. This is its first venture with the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The foundation has been active in the country since 1979. Its current development initiatives include rights-based policing, practical case-based training methods for police officers, regional dialogue on police training, paralegal training for community leaders, increasing public awareness of the federal system of government, scholarships, among others.