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CIDG to reactivate 100,000 civilian agents

Camp Olivas, Pampanga — The new leadership of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), under Director Benjamin Magalong, is set on reengaging the services of the 100,000-member Community Investigation Support (CIS) as its “civilian agents.”

Magalong, speaking to the Manila Bulletin at the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3), gave the nod to his regional and provincial officers to reactivate the CIS and its civilian-based information and gathering system to boost the anti-crime drive of the CIDG and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as a whole.

However, Magalong said this move will be taken with caution as the CIDG wants to distance itself from the party-list, ACT-CIS, which became a rallying point of the CIS members in the last elections.

The ACT-CIS is a party-list organization represented in Congress by Samuel Pagdilao, the former CIDG director who created the CIS to strengthen intelligence networking for free.

What Magalong wants this time, is to use the same successful formula that made the CIS effective in exposing criminal elements and their illegal activities but also maintain the CIDG’s non-partisan status.

“The instruction of Director Magalong is for us to recruit again the services of the former CIS members as civilian agents where they (CIS) will be given CIDG identification cards, provided they will assist the agency in intelligence gathering and provide information,” said Chief Inspector Ruben S. Tampis, CIDG-Bataan chief.

Tampis said the CIDG will no longer recognize the former members as CIDG-CIS since the existence of the group had been terminated last March, 2013, during the time of CIDG Director Francisco Uyami.

He said, however, that the CIS is a private entity registered with the Securities and Exchance Commission.

“Those recruited anew will be called pure ‘CIDG civilian agents’ and not ‘CIS agents,’ anymore,” said Tampis.