Bill seeks to require cops to wear body cams


Posted at Aug 30 2017 11:12 AM

MANILA - Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has filed a bill that requires policemen to wear body cameras during their operations.

Speaking to ANC on Wednesday, Gatchalian said the bill will not only protect victims from possible police abuses but also protect cops in the process.

"Other countries have laws to prevent abuse and to make sure that whatever the raiding teams are doing, they can see and they can use it as evidence," he said.

"Ang estimate namin is P200 [million] to P250 million, more or less, I think the government should budget that," he added.

Aside from body cams, the senator said he has also filed a bill that requires CCTVs in public places and guidelines on the use and access to its recordings.

The former Valenzuela mayor said he has encountered difficulties in retrieving CCTV footage from establishments in previous crime investigations.

"If it's obviously a crime, there's the police or any person of authority, give them the tape within 24 hours para magamit at ma-process," he said.

Gatchalian called CCTVs a game-changer, as proven in the case of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a teenager killed during a police operation in Caloocan City.

He said the CCTV footage retrieved in the barangay, along with corroborating testimonies, gave strong indications of the abuses made during the operation.

The senator believes if the raiding cops had body cameras, the killing of Delos Santos may have been prevented.