Videos of crime incidents might help speed up the resolution of cases, Malacañang said Tuesday, despite reservations from Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Debold Sinas.
Sinas earlier said that taking photos or videos of the crime incident could put witnesses at risk. He also asked the public to refrain from posting videos or photos on social media, adding that they should just present them to authorities.
In response, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque acknowledged that a video of the crime incident might put the life of the witness in danger even as he underscored the importance of documentation.
“Nandiyan po ang teknolohiya para mapabilis po ang paglilitis noong mga lumalabag sa batas,” Roque, a former human rights lawyer, said at a press briefing.
“Kaya rin po tayo napakadaming CCTV sa lansangan para makita natin kung sinong gumagawa ng krimen lalung-lalo na iyong issue ng identification.”
Sinas issued the reminder after a policeman shot to death a mother and her son in Paniqui, Tarlac on Sunday, drawing public outrage and condemnation from President Rodrigo Duterte and other government officials.
The incident was caught on video.
“So sa akin po, mas mabuti pa rin na nagkaroon tayo ng ganiyang video dahil napakadali pong patunayan ang pananagutan nitong pulis na ito dahil i-authenticate lang po iyong video na iyan kung sino ang kumuha at puwede na pong matanggap iyan bilang ebidensiya,” Roque said.
Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca has been charged with two counts of murder for the killing of Sonya Rufino Gregorio and her son, Frank Anthony.
Nuezca shot his neighbors following a confrontation that stemmed from Frank's use of the improvised firecracker “boga” and right of way dispute.
Duterte on Monday ordered authorities to make sure Nuezca remains in jail.
The President also said Nuezca must be crazy but Roque said the policeman cannot not use the insanity defense to escape criminal liability.
“Para hindi magkaroon ng pananagutan, dapat wala pong consent, wala talagang pag-iisip na hindi na niya alam kung anong tama at mali, iyon po iyong test diyan,” Roque said.
“Siguro alam naman niya na talagang mali na gamitin ang baril ng gobyerno para patayin ang kalaban niya sa isang property dispute. Hindi po niya magagamit na depensa.”—LDF, GMA News