Police officers will now be subject to mandatory annual psychiatric, psychological, drug and physical tests, once Senator Imee Marcos’ measure, Senate Bill No. 2005, becomes law.
Republic Act No. 6975, or the “Department of Interior and Local Government Act” requires polices officers to undergo said tests on a regular basis, however, the senator said: “At present, these are only given during recruitment, promotion and when directed by a supervisor.”
Marcos’ S.B. No. 2005 further builds on this law to conduct such tests yearly and require cops whose operational work exposes them to traumatic situations, to submit to stress debriefing programs.
Marcos said that this bill is borne of the recent double murder of a mother and son in Tarlac by police officer Senior Master Sgt. Jonel Nuezca just last month.
Nuezca was off-duty during the incident and had since been found to have at least six administrative cases before that, two of which involved grave misconduct involving homicide.
According to Marcos, police-related crimes “caused fear, shock and anger among the populace” and “besmirch[es] the image of the Philippine National Police as the protector of the people.”
“While these may be considered as isolated cases perpetrated by police officers, it pressed a serious issue on the procedure being implemented by the PNP to ensure and promote the psychiatric and psychological fitness of its officers and members,” she added.