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Panelo asks: Where are PNP body cameras?



Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo supported calls by members of the Makabayan bloc for an investigation on the delay in the implementation of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) P334-million body camera project.

Resolution 1480 filed by Bayan Muna Partylist Representatives Eufemia Cullamat, Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite; Gabriela Women’s Party’s Arlene Brosas; ACT Teachers’ France Castro; and Kabataan’s Sarah Elago, urged the House of Representatives “to investigate, in aid of legislation, the delay in the purchase and use of body cameras.”

During his online program “Counterpoint,” Panelo said PNP needs to have body cameras as aids in providing undeniable evidence that will hold scalawags accountable and help the police disprove false accusations.

“It has been two years. What happened to the project? Makabayan has my support in this inquiry,” he said. “(PNP chief) General Debold Sinas must explain thoroughly the delay despite the release of the budget to purchase 12,476 cameras.”

PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana recently said the purchase of body cameras is still in “process.”

Calls for the use of body cameras among policemen intensified after the killing of teenager Kian de los Santos during a supposed anti-drug operation in Caloocan City in 2017.