Arroyos Push for Crime Probe Modernization Bill

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Arroyos Push for Crime Probe Modernization Bill


Former president turned Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her son Camarines Sur 2nd district Rep. Diosdado Arroyo are pushing for a measure that will modernize crime investigation techniques. House Bill Number 2810 or "Crime Investigation Modernization Act of 2013" seeks to phase out obsolete crime investigation techniques of law enforcement agencies such as paraffin testing. GMA said the country needs to upgrade crime investigation techniques as crime investigation is essential to the administration of justice. "The conviction or acquittal of an accused will depend on the quality of investigative work conducted by our law enforcement personnel. The problem is that some of the techniques employed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in crime investigation are outdated. These procedures have long been replaced by their counterparts in first world countries," she said. She said that paraffin testing which determines if a person has handled a gun is considered unreliable in countries with advanced crime investigation techniques. She said that studies from the United States show that it is not essential for a person to discharge a firearm to have gunshot residues since it can be transferred without firing the gun. "When a firearm is discharged, an assortment of vapors and particulate material are expelled in the area around the firearm. …

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