Use of body cameras now mandatory in police ops — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021   •   294

MANILA, Philippines — The use of body-worn cameras (BWC) or alternative recording devices in police operations is now mandatory as the Supreme Court’s rules on its use take effect, Philippine National Police chief General Guillermo Eleazar said Tuesday.

In a statement, Eleazar said the PNP Directorate for Operations has already issued on August 2 a memorandum containing general protocols for the use of the BWCs in the execution of search and arrest warrants as well as warrantless arrests.

The memorandum was addressed to all police regional office directors and national operational support unit directors.

“Ngayong epektibo na ang mga alituntunin na inilabas ng ating Korte Suprema tungkol sa paggamit ng body-worn cameras, agad naglabas ng kautusan ang inyong PNP ng Memorandum Order sa lahat ng ating commanders na sumunod sa mga patakarang ito,” Eleazar said.

The PNP chief said that the memorandum specifies that the gadgets should never be turned off at any time while the execution of a search and arrest warrant or a warrantless arrest is going on.

In cases of valid warrantless arrests, Eleazar said the devices will be used as far as it is practicable.

“The memorandum also requires police operatives to, upon return of warrant, submit a copy of the video to the court along with an affidavit attesting to the facts and authenticity of the recording,” he said.

“Nakasaad din dito na kailangang magpaliwanag sa korte ng mga operatiba sakaling hindi nila sundin ang requirement na paggamit ng BWC o ARD sa kanilang operasyon,” he added.

The PNP chief assured that the guidelines on the use of the body-worn cameras will soon be disseminated to all police offices and units so all police personnel will be guided accordingly on the proper utilization of the devices.

“Hindi sapat ang aming body-worn cameras but in the spirit of transparency and accountability, I trust that our commanders will find ways to comply with the Supreme Court’s guidelines on the use of body-worn cameras,” Eleazar said.

PNP chief orders cops to ensure orderly voter’s registration as deadline nears

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday directed police personnel to ensure the implementation of peace and order, and public health protocols in various sites as the deadline for the voter’s registration nears.

Eleazar issued the directive following reports of crowding and long lines in registration sites with only one week left before the registration closes.

He said police commanders should deploy enough number of personnel in various COMELEC registration sites to ensure the peaceful conduct of registration amid the threat of COVID-19.

Local police offices and units should also coordinate with local government units for the assistance they could provide once deployed in various registration sites.

The voter’s registration for the 2022 national and local elections is set to end on Sept. 30.

There have been calls and bills filed before the Congress to extend it until October, but the Comelec has yet to decide on the matter.

Duterte asks PNP, AFP to deploy medical personnel to hospitals needing more staff

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prepare for the deployment of their medical personnel to hospitals that are in need of additional manpower.

“Kung wala nang iba, ‘yung mga nurses sa pulis marami yan, pati sa medical corps ng army. I have to use a little of my influence sa kanila to convince them,” Duterte said in a taped public address aired late Wednesday.

“Please place your human resources on ready, on deck because talagang alam mo yun lang madali kong maasahan,” he added.

Duterte issued the statement after receiving reports that a lot of medical personnel, particularly in St. Luke’s Medical Center were unable to go on duty due to COVID-19 infection.

The AFP said it has started deploying a number of its personnel to some hospitals in Metro Manila as it continues look for more nurses from its ranks.

The PNP, for its part, said it is currently accounting the number of its medical teams that could be deployed to assist medical workers amid rising cases of COVID-19.

PH police receive anti-terrorism equipment, vehicles from US

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy has turned over various police equipment to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The PNP said it has received the donated equipment and vehicles which are aimed at providing further assistance in combatting terrorism and improve the security in the country.

The donations, through the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance led by Regional Security Officer of US Embassy Stephen Lesniak, were turned over to the PNP at its headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday.

The donated items include 18 sets of Cellebrite and 57 units of laptop computers, which were given to the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG); and four units of Ford Ranger, six units of Bomb Suit, 5 units Logo scanner and veterinary equipment/aircon/ clinic renovation were given to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal K9 Group EOD/K9.

The US also turned over one unit of Ford Ranger, six units of Harris radio, tactical medicine kits, crisis response team equipment, advance crisis response team equipment and first response to medical stabilization kits to the Special Action Force.

“On behalf of the chief of the Philippine National Police, PGen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, I would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the United States for yet another gesture of generosity and for unwavering support to the PNP. These police equipment will surely beef-up the counter-terrorism capabilities of the PNP,” PNP Logistics Director Police Major General Angelito Casimiro said in a statement.

“While the security and welfare of the people rely in the number of police officers in the field, we are also putting more teeth to better deliver efficient and effective police service across the country with the help of our stakeholders and partners like the US Embassy. Thus, this kind of gesture strengthens the capacity of every police officer by upgrading their equipment for effective police operations,” he added.

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