The Cebu City Council's Committee on Laws, Ordinances, Public Accountability and Good Government wants all tanods in 80 barangays to undergo a series of trainings on warrantless arrest, search and seizure and safe-guarding evidence, as well as preserving the crime scene.
"Tanod officials throughout the country, including Cebu City, are at the forefront in effectuating peace and order in their respective communities. Unfortunately, while some tanod units have implemented a pro-active scheme in responding to alerts, there have often been reports whereby tanod officials themeselves have marred evidence or disturbed, if not destroyed, pertinent aspects of the crime scene," [Councilor Edgardo] Labella said.
The general objective of the training project is to raise the level of awareness and orientation of all barangay tanods in the icty relative to their duties and responsibilities, and first-hand responses in conducting arrests, seizures, and searches specifically warrantless arrests, properties subject to seizure, admissibility of illegally seized evidence, conducting proper search and seizure.
Cebu City Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young is against the government's plan to add two more years in the basic education system, saying this would only lead to an increase in students dropping out of schools.
President Aquino had announced during the presidential campaign period that he wants to apply in the Philippines the so-called K+12 Enhanced Basic Education Program.
"K" means kindergarten, while "12" refers to the six years in elementary and six years in high school. At present, our high school is only four years.
"Ang isyu nga angay'ng tan-awon diha dili kon maka-afford ba ang atong gobyerno pagpatuman sa K-12, kon dili maka-afford ba ang mga ginikanan pagpatungha ug dugang duha ka tuig sa ilang mga anak," Young said. (The issue is not whether our government can afford to implement that. The question is whether the parents can afford to send their children to two more years of schooling.)