THE scenario has now a new twist, with the use of closed-circuit television videos (CCTVs) in the investigation of crimes not only in the metropolis but in other parts of this graft-prone Southeast Asian nation.
Admittedly, the use of CCTVs and other wonders of modern technology further improves the criminal investigation and prosecution processes in the country, according to Senator Sherwin Gatchalian.
That’s why Gatchalian wants law enforcement agencies, like the Philippine National Police (PNP), to have access within 24 hours to information from CCTVs to speed up the investigation of criminal cases.
Gatchalian said the timely release of CCTV images and recordings to the police and investigative bodies, including the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), would help prevent the tampering of evidence.
The neophyte lawmaker from Valenzuela City said the swift release of CCTV images and recordings would also guarantee the effective prosecution of criminal cases against lawbreakers.
Like other well-meaning Filipinos, we agree with Senator Gatchalian that the use of CCTV footages has become “a game-changer” in our pursuit of justice for victims of crimes.
We would rather that criminal cases, including heinous crimes, be investigated with zeal and determination with the use of modern technology.
Gatchalian said CCTV access should be granted even in the absence of court approval because court proceedings on requests for access to CCTV footages take a long time in the country.
If it is clear that a crime has been committed, the police and other persons in authority ought to have access to the tapes within 24 hours because time and evidence are of the essence in the filing of cases.
Doubtless, the victims and the rest of the Filipino people want to see the speedy identification, arrest and prosecution of criminals.