Press Release
August 30, 2015


Sen. Grace Poe lauded the arrest of an alleged leader of a robbery and car theft gang in Pasig City, thanks to a computerized records system that alerted police on the identity of the suspect.

Edgar Tuazon was arrested while he was applying for a police clearance at the Pasig City police station on Aug. 27, when cops noticed that he was the subject of a warrant of arrest issued by the San Juan City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 on Sept. 30, 1996.

Poe said this proved the effectiveness of a computerized system not only in the easy access of information but also in crime prevention.

"Mr. Tuazon was able to elude arrest for almost 19 years but thanks to the vigilance of our policemen and the effectiveness of an automated records system, the law has finally caught up with him," said Poe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.

Poe said she expects an even better police database with an information-sharing system being worked out by the Philippine National Police (PNP) with the Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, and the National Bureau of Investigation.

The said agencies recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the national justice information system.

"We have to take advantage of the advances in technology to strengthen our campaign against crime," the senator said.

Poe, who has been conducting hearings on the modernization of the PNP, said she is hopeful that PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez would make good on his plan to develop during his term the national police clearance system where the electronic files and records of criminals will be consolidated.

The Senate hearings conducted by Poe have tackled the need for the PNP to modernize its equipment and facilities, as well as additional benefits for its uniformed and non-uniformed personnel.

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