Public utility buses (PUBs) should install Closed-Circuit Television cameras (CCTV) to deter criminals from robbing its passengers, a House leader said Thursday.
Rep. Elpidio Barzaga of Cavite of Dasmarinas, Chairman of the House Committee on Games and Amusements, made the pitch a day after a bus robbery transpired in Quezon City wherein PUB MacArthur Express (UVL 292) plying the Malanday-Alabang route was held up along NIA Road.
One of the suspects had a .38 mm gun while his accomplice is also armed.
Barzaga cited that while a CCTV costs around P20,000 to P30,000, such amounts are worth it to spend for the welfare of the passengers.
“CCTV cameras serve are crime deterrents because the perpetrators can be identified and traced, especially robbers. The costs of the CCTV are cheap price to pay for securing the life and limb of passengers,” Barzaga pointed out.
Barzaga then suggested that at least three security cameras should be placed inside PUBs: one in the passenger entrance, one in front facing passengers and one in the end row facing passengers.
The PUBs, Barzaga added, should take the cue from the move of the Local Government Units which have required business establishments to have CCTVs installed.
“Something should be done to stop criminals from preying on citizens who are already burdened by the difficulty of riding public transportation and help the police in pinning down criminals,” Barzaga argued.
“The absence of CCTV cameras in PUBs and public places emboldens criminals and terrorists,” he added.
One of the deadliest attacks on a PUB happened way back in December 30, 2000 when an explosive device was detonated inside a bus plying Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, killing one passenger and injuring others.
The said incident was part of the Rizal Day bombings, a series of bombings that occurred around Metro Manila that day, leaving at least 22 dead and injuring others. LLANESCA T. PANTI