PNP urged to rush body cams purchase worth P334-M

Senate President Pro Tempore is calling on the expeditious purchase of body cameras for the Philippine National Police (PNP) worth PHP334 million. He said the 2018 national budget authorizes the purchase of said body cams.

He said the PNP Headquarters “should expedite their procurement and check other items in the PNP equipment shopping list, which this year’s General Appropriations Act has already funded.”

“Body cams should be part of tokhang’s reinvention. Nothing conveys good intentions better than an equipment that will record one’s best behavior,” he said in a statement released today.

“In this age of Facebook Live, and when dashcams are sold on the sidewalk, there’s no excuse why our policemen still do not have what is standard police gear in many countries, more so if there are already funds for their purchase,” Recto added.

“There’s also P100 million for CCTVs. Also up for procurement are 160 cars, 308 motorcycles, 20 special purpose vehicles, 19 boats, 10,000 sidearms, 5,000 long firearms, among other capital outlay items,” he added.