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SP appoints Abaday, Cabanlas as PLEB representatives

THE 20th City Council during its regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Jocelyn B. Rodriguez adopted a resolution designating Councilors Roger G. Abaday and Edgar S. Cabanlas as its official representatives to the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) for the First and Second districts, respectively.

The People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) was established by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 6975, otherwise known as the DILG Act of 1990, as amended by RA No. 8551, as a check and balance mechanism created by law against erring policemen.

It is the central receiving entity for citizens’ complaints against any uniformed member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and a disciplinary authority in the Local Government Unit (LGU) wherein private citizens can file against an erring police officer.

PLEBs is composed of any member of the Sangguniang Panglungsod or Sangguniang Bayan chosen by their respective Sanggunians, any barangay captain of the city or municipality chosen by the Association of Barangay Captains, and three other members from the private sector.

It has the jurisdiction to hear and decide citizen’s complaints or cases filed before it against erring officers and members of the PNP. There shall be at least one PLEB for every 500 city or municipal police personnel.

The PLEB has the power to hear and decide citizens’ complaints formally filed with, or referred to it, against any uniformed member of the PNP. Unlike other cases filed with the regular courts, the PLEB decides each case summarily.

The People’s Law Enforcement Board empowers the people against abusive and erring policemen. It has the power to hear and adjudicate all citizen’s complaints formally filed with, or referred to it, against any uniformed member of the PNP, and, if warranted, impose the corresponding penalty, The Gavel learned.

The legislation was endorsed by the committees on public order and safety and on laws and rules chaired respectively by Councilors Romeo V. Calizo and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya. (SP/JAOclarit/Photo by JBDacer)