PRRD suggests using CHR budget to buy body cameras for cops

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the Oath-taking of the Promoted Star Rank Officers of PNP and Joint AFP-PNP Command Conference. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the President and the Department of Budget and Management has proposed over P600 million for the 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

However, only P1,000 has been approved by the House of Representatives.

President Rodrigo Duterte said, if Congress will not give the proposed budget to CHR, it might as well use the fund to buy modern equipment such as body cameras for members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Kung ayaw ninyong isauli ‘yung pera diyan sa CHR (If you don’t want to return the budget to CHR), why don’t you invest the money to buy equipment for the police,” he said.

Duterte added that P600 million is enough to buy state-of-the-art cameras the size of a button that all policemen can wear 24 hours a day.

The President said such types of equipment can help greatly in the administration’s war on drugs as long as it doesn’t violate the privacy of law enforcers.

“Just don’t invade the privacy of the soldiers and the policemen. But you are free to embed and place cameras on the body of the law enforcers whenever they go out to operate because the Philippines is a narco-state already,” he said.

The proposed budget for CHR has to go through Senate and agreed upon in a bicameral conference committee.

It will only become final when President Duterte signs the reconciled version of the budget proposal. — Janice Ingente | UNTV News & Rescue

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