Dela Rosa looking for donors to fund PNP body cameras

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa apparently could not wait for the budget from Congress any longer, so he has taken it upon himself to seek funds for cops' body cameras.

"Ako, naghahanap ako ng pondo ngayon, kahit na late nang lumabas 'yung pondo galing sa Congress. Naghahanap ako ng mga well-meaning Filipinos na magdo-donate ng pondo pambili ng body camera," Dela Rosa said on Monday, December 18.

(I am looking for funds now so it'll be okay even if funds from Congress come late. I am looking for well-meaning Filipinos to donate funds to buy body cameras.)

But he said donations can only come from "well-meaning Filipinos," suggesting that they will screen everyone who will donate. (READ: PNP drug enforcement chief: No need for body cameras, we have God)

"Well-meaning lang hindi 'yung 'bad-meaning'... Kung kilala natin na miyembro ng organized crime group itong tao na ito tapos mag-donate ng kuwan then mag-donate ng body camera, bakit mo tatanggapin? Para matali ka hindi mo na siya huhulihin, mahihiya ka nang hulihin siya dahil nakapag-donate siya ng body camera," Dela Rosa said.

(Only well-meaning people can donate, not those with ill intentions. If we know that a certain person is a member of an organized crime group then he or she donates a body camera, why would we accept? We would be indebted to them, we would shy away from arresting them because they donated.)

The top cop did not explain how Filipinos can donate to them, but local police usually accept donations at barangay or area police stations. Camp Crame, the PNP national headquarters, also has the Police Community Relations Group.

The fundraising comes as the PNP crafts new operational guidelines for its war on drugs, which is being challenged before the Supreme Court.

The body cameras, the PNP believes, will prevent irregularities in operations, which critics claim had spiked since police provided the muscle for President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

Dela Rosa, for his part, reiterated that they will require cops to wear the cameras during all operations once they have bought enough for all police stations. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

image