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PNP pushes for DNA database system

The Philippine National Police (PNP) urged lawmakers on Tuesday to pass a measure to institutionalize the country's own forensic DNA database system.

According to Mariz Umali's report for "Balitanghali," the PNP said a DNA database would expand their capabilities in solving criminal cases and quickly bring perpetrators to justice.

House Bill No. 7215, or An Act Providing for the Establishment of the Philippine DNA Database System, was filed by Surigao del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers in 2018.   

PNP Crime Laboratory director Brigadier General Rolando Hinanay emphasized that DNA is a "vital factor" in solving criminal cases.

A suspect can be identified through DNA evidence, which can be extracted through several methods including blood, saliva, hair strands, and buccal swabs.

However, the current booking process for arrested suspects only includes his or her fingerprints and weapons into the database.

The PNP said their crime laboratory has already acquired DNA database equipment, including 18 bullet comparison microscopes.

Three units of rapid DNA machines are expected to arrive. —Margaret Claire Layug/LDF, GMA News