DNA Database System Wanted by House – Manila Bulletin

The House Committee on Public Order and Security approved the consolidation of two measures to create a Filipino DNA database system.

Under House Bills (HB) 94 and 540 of Surigao Del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers and Santa Rosa City District Representative Dan Fernandez, respectively, Philippines National Forensic Database will be created.

The barbers’ measure aims to include in the database DNA taken from crime scenes, suspects, convicts, inmates, drug addicts, missing persons, volunteers, uniformed persons and employees of the government.

Fernandez’s version of the measure also seeks to include DNA from street children and beggars, as well as that from unidentified human remains.

Both lawmakers cite preventing and solving crime as the primary reason for tabling their respective measures.

However, while Barbers’ measure wants the creation of a Philippine DNA database office, Fernandez would instead hand management responsibility to the Philippine National Police (PNP) crime lab.

Additionally, the measures include provisions penalizing individuals who fail to comply with the submission of DNA samples.

Fernandez, who chairs the public order and security committee, approved the formation of a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate the two measures and their conflicting provisions.

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