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Kiko believes body cams will make cops think twice about killing innocents in drug operations

Aug 23, 2017 @ 22:21

Senator Kiko Pangilinan said the spate of alleged police abuse during drug raids has made it necessary to require law enforcers to wear body cameras to fully document their operations.

He filed Senate Bill 1564 to institutionalize the wearing of body cams by policemen during drug raids to record actual events during operations to prevent tampering of evidence.

“Tatapusin nito ang pagkakaiba sa mga kwento tuwing may enkwentro ang mga pulis at pro-protektahan nito ang publiko mula sa mga pang-aabuso at maling pag-uugali ng pulisya,” Pangilinan said.

“At ang pinakamahalaga, malinaw ang pananagutan ng mga pulis sa kanilang mga tungkulin,” the senator said.

He added, “Magsisilbi rin itong isang epektibong panukala para mapanumbalik ang tiwala ng taumbayan sa ating mga opisyal na tagapagpatupad ng batas at protektahan sila mula sa mga maling akusasyon ng pang-aabuso o krimen bilang resulta ng kanilang ligal na pagtupad ng kanilang mga tungkulin.”

To date, 7,080 killings of drug suspects have been recorded since the beginning of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs in July 2016.

Most of these killings were justified by police officers as lawful police operations due to the alleged armed resistance of drug suspects.

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