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Winner: Gatchalian cheers police move to use body cams in drug war

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Sen. Win Gatchalian cheered the decision of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to heed the call and proceed with the acquisition of body cameras for anti-narcotics operatives.

It’s a promising development in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, the senator said.

Gatchalian was among the vocal endorsers of PNP personnel wear body cameras during drug enforcement operations to ensure transparency after most anti-illegal drugs operations have been marred with charges of extrajudicial killings.

“Implementation of a strict body cam policy will go a long way toward institutionalizing transparency and accountability in the government’s fight against illegal drugs. I hope that the body cam policy will help the PNP leadership cleanse our police force of scalawags and restore public confidence in their mission to serve and protect the people,” he said.

PNP Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa ordered the allocation of P334 million for the acquisition of body-worn cameras for drug enforcement units but only after he was criticized for prioritizing the purchase of around P26 million worth of bomb-sniffing dogs.

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