PDEA mandatorily requires media to wear body cameras during anti-drug operations

Body cameras and handheld radios

MANILA, Philippines – As the lead agency in the campaign the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will require media men to also wear body cameras during drug operations.

“Not only agents will be wearing body cams but also media and witnesses who will be involved in the actual operations. So, for example, if the barangay captain is joining, he will also wear a body cam. And this is mandatory to media — whether you like it or not we will place the bodycam on you,” PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said.

This is one way to ensure that PDEA has nothing to hide and their operations are legitimate.

“Our body cams are high-end. So even during night time the video is clearer,” Aquino said.

Amid the intensified campaign against narcotics, the agency also acquired new equipment which amounts to more than P90 million.

These include 23 reloading machines, 20 drones, almost 700 helmets, 100 body cameras, 100 handheld radios, 470 printers, 100 laptops and 76 vehicle units are among the distributed equipment.

In the 2nd quarter of the year, additional 200 body cams will be added to show transparency in their anti-drug operations.

Aquino meantime assured that there will b an equal distribution of the new equipment among PDEA regional headquarters in the country.

It was December last year when PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa mandated the usage of bodycams within the ranks of PNP to intensify their internal cleansing. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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