By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday expressed hope that the Philippine
National Police nationwide will finally be wearing body cameras in all
its operations not only to preserve evidence but also the rights of
In a statement issued, Poe, chairman of the Senate committee on public
services, said she also count on the wisdom of the Supreme Court for
the issuance of guidelines on the use of body cameras.
“We look forward to our police force nationwide finally wearing body
cameras in their operations,” Poe said.
“We count on the wisdom of the Supreme Court magistrates to come up
with guidelines that will consider with equal value the people’s
constitutional rights and the unimpeded law enforcement by the
police,” she added.
Poe said that our people expect that the Philippine National Police
and concerned agencies have undertaken the proper and legal processes
in the procurement of body cameras.
“Any report of possible irregularities does not bode well on the use
of the body cameras which are seen as a potential equalizer to show
the unvarnished truth during operations,” she explained.
“Guided by appropriate protocols, we owe this technology to our people
in becoming tools of accountability, crime-fighting, and attaining
justice,” she concluded. (ai/mtvn)