Body camera on policemen sought amid summary killings

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A bill requiring policemen to wear a body camera during police operations has been proposed in the House of Representatives amid alleged police killings of suspected drug traffickers in many parts of the country.

Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon made the proposal under his House Bill 2741 or Body Camera Act that mirrors law enforcement in the United States.

Biazon noted that with the body camera attached to the police uniform, abusive policemen who commit human rights violations and other illegal activities while in the line of duty can be held accountable for such acts.

“The spectacle of suspected criminals or their kin being subject of law enforcement or special police operations complaining that their rights were violated during such operations has been a common occurrence. It is high time to put a stop to the guessing game who among the two sides is telling the truth,” Biazon said in a statement.


At least 400 people suspected of being drug peddlers have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte emerged as the winner in the May presidential elections.

Recently, the President issued a shoot-on-sight order against local-government officials, policemen and judges accused of being involved in the illegal-drug trade.

Biazon noted that reports of suspects being killed by the police for resisting arrest have occurred too often that it has became too good to be true.

“A body camera, which records what actually takes place during the conduct of police operations, will solve this problem,” he said.

“This will also be beneficial to the policemen because they won’t have to face trumped-up charges from the families of suspected criminals,” Biazon added.

LLANESCA T. PANTI

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