PNP to roll out over 2,000 body cameras for transparency in its operations

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista hand over the 300 body-worn cameras and 3,000 handcuffs to QCPD Diretor PCSupt Joselito Esquivel Jr. during the blessing and ceremonial turnover ceremony held at the QC Hall on February 6, 2019. The turnover of equipment is part of the City Government's efforts to support and enhance law enforcement. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be distributing P287-million total worth of cameras for transparency in police operations.

PNP Chief General Camilo Cascolan said some 2,600 body cameras would be on test run by October 12 before distributing to police field units. It’s not yet clear which police stations will be prioritized for the body cameras.

Some police stations, such as the Pasig City Police station, are already using body cameras that are financially backed by the local government and private individuals.

Discussions about the use of body cameras surfaced in September 2017 when Caloocan cops shot 17-year-old Kian delos Santos during an anti-illegal drug operation.

Lawmakers and various groups denounced the incident, citing police abuse and human rights violations.