House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas is pushing for the creation of the Philippine Legistlative Police (PLP).
The Ilocos Norte politiko said there is a need for “the independence” of the legislative branch.
Fariñas said the PLP aims to enforce the House and the Senate’s powers of contempt, and the issuance of subpoenas, summonses, and warrants of arrest.
“Congress is helpless to do anything if the PNP and other law enforcement agencies, which have been commissioned by the Congress to enforce and execute its orders, are remiss of their assigned duties,” Fariñas said.
The Philippine National Police is under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) or the the Executive Branch.
“The reliance of Congress on the law enforcement agencies of the Executive Department in the protection of its Members and the enforcement and execution of its power impairs, to a large extent, the independence of Congress from the Executive Department,” he said.