By Billy Begas
Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite on Tuesday expressed belief that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is intentionally delaying the issuance of guidelines for the use of body cameras in police operations.
“Wala pang protocols? Ganito lang, suotin niyo na sa mga operasyon niyo. I think they are intentionally delaying this so that they could continue with the modus operandi of planting evidence in their operations against activists, and other nefarious activities,” Gaite said.
PNP Directorate for Logistics director Major General Angelito Casimiro said the PNP Directorate for Operations (DO) was still studying if the videos taken by body-worn cameras could violate the law on privacy if used as evidence in courts.
“Baka hindi paggawa ng usage protocol ang nagpapatagal kundi ang pag-iisip nila ng paraan how they could still pull off their moduses while wearing their body cameras,” Gaite added.
Giate said Congress can immediately approve proposals for the mandatory use of body cameras if PNP continue to stall.
Noon pa nila sinasabi na ayaw nila at hindi nila kailangan ng body camera, ‘God is our camera’ pa daw. There really is refusal in the police bureaucracy to have their men wear cameras kaya tumatagal,” he said.