'Bato' OKs body cameras on cops

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Posted at Jul 31 2017 10:30 AM | Updated as of Jul 31 2017 01:34 PM

MANILA - The chief of the Philippine National Police on Monday said he is in favor of a proposal to let police officers wear body cameras when serving search warrants.

"Yes, pabor ako. Give us the camera and we will wear that," PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said during a press conference in Camp Crame.

Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon earlier filed House Bill 2741 that proposed the use of body cameras for the police to prove that they are not violating the human rights of drug suspects.

Dela Rosa was cool to the idea then, saying he would rather buy firearms for the cops with the money.

Policemen are the subject of scrutiny once again after a raid of the home of a town mayor with alleged drug links resulted in several deaths.

Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, daughter of slain Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog, who was arrested in the same series of raids that resulted in her father's death, said authorities planted the contraband seized from them.

She also claimed that the police cut the cables of their CCTV to prevent the recording of the raid.

Dela Rosa said he was not present during the raid so he cannot confirm if the cables were indeed cut, but he believes the said act is wrong.

"Hindi tama na tanggalin 'yung CCTV. Kaya nga 'pag nagse-serve ng search warrant e may kasamang media at taga-barangay...CCTV forms part of the evidence," he said.

However, he maintained that this was only his personal opinion, saying operatives on the ground know better on how to do their jobs.

"I leave it to them on the ground how to do their job. That's their consideration," he said.