Palawan backs body cam bill

The Provincial Board has manifested support to the pending measure in Congress requiring enforcement personnel to wear body cameras during law enforcement operations.

In a resolution passed Tuesday, the board unanimously endorsed House Bill 2741, also known as the Body Cam bill, authored by Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon. Filed last year, Biazon had pushed anew for the bill’s passage following the murder shooting of 17-year old Kian delos Santos by police operatives during an drug raid. The shooting was caught on a CCTV footage and has triggered public outrage.

Board Member David Francis Ponce de Leon said that the proposed legislation intends to achieve delicate balancing act of respecting human rights and protecting law enforcement officers from harm, death or adverse legal action while taking their functions.

“Alam natin na maraming operations na questionable sa ilan, so isa ito sa makakaalis ng doubts sa mga ginagawang operations lalo na sa police,” he said.

He said that cameras could record the actual happening during the operations and will serve as a neutral eyewitness to any operation.


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