By Billy Begas
Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers questioned the Philippine National Police (PNP) over the delay in the issuance of guidelines for the use of body cameras in police operation.
“Bakit may challenge? All they have to do is copy the best practices in the world on its use. What is so difficult and problematic in the implementation on the use of body cams by law enforcers here in the country?” Barbers said.
The PNP has distributed body cameras in different police stations in Metro Manila but has yet to finish the guidelines for its use.
“It’s not rocket science and the most is it would just take days to orient the users on its worldwide accepted protocols,” Barbers added.
The PNP is still studying the privacy issue on using the videos taken by the body cameras as evidence at the court.
“What privacy issue are they talking about? Privacy should be the least of the concern of the law enforcers in running after criminals and violators of the law. Those that disturb peace and order in our community should not be accorded privacy as they too violate other peoples privacy and safety,” the solon said.
Barbers also urged the PNP to just follow the best practices in other countries and study the decision of the Philippine Supreme Court when using it as evidence in court proceedings.