EQUIPPED by so-called ‘ultimate witnesses’ or powerful Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, the Philippine National Police have activated so-called ‘safe zones’ in Metro Manila other parts of the country in time for the opening of regular classes this month as part of their increased effort to reduce street crimes and protect students and the rest of the public, the PNP leadership headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.
Officials said they are getting much-needed help from these CCTV cameras nationwide as they embark on a massive security measure to protect millions of students returning to regular classes this month.
Acting on orders of Gen. Albayalde, the 190-000-strong police force is implementing massive security measures to ensure peace and order and public safety during the opening of School Year 2019-2020 last week, said PNP spokesman, Colonel Bernard M. Banac.
Police are not only stepping-up their anti-criminality patrols but are also calling on LGUs and owners of business establishments and private residences to install high-definition CCTV system that can record everything even at night.
CCTV cameras mounted along the streets have been instrumental in the solution of many crimes nationwide Police have assured the public that they can foresee a fair and just investigation of any crimes recorded in the CCTV as any identification caught by these cameras during crime incidents is a good starting point for the investigator to have the probe’s progress to give favor to victims.
At present, the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar and different NCRPO districts including the Quezon City and Manila Police Districts boast of a modern CCTV system that has helped solve many crimes.
Powerful CCTV cameras have also been installed around the University Belt in University of Sto. Tomas, Far Eastern University, University of the East and Bustillos area where a high number of criminal incidents happen especially when enrolment is on-going.
Last year, the QCPD headed by Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. solved the killing of Ombudsman Assistant Special Prosecutor Madonna Joy Tanyag with the arrest of a jeepney barker identified by witnesses as the man who stabbed the 5-month pregnant lawyer in a case of ‘robbery gone wrong.’ Officials said the suspect was caught by a CCTV camera while fleeing with a bloodied knife.
Suspect Angelito Galvez Avenido Jr. alias ‘Moymoy’, a 31-year old jeepney barker was found in possession of a pouch containing the identification cards, two coin purses, one key, nine P1,000 bills and the Oppo mobile phone of the 32-year old victim when he was arrested by QCPD operatives seven hours after the incident which sparked public outrage.
This year and last year, PNP agents in many parts of Metro Manila and the rest of the country have solved dozens of major cases, thanks to good solid leads provided by CCTV footage.
They include the murder of priest and a politician in Central Luzon which was solved by the Police Regional Office 3 then under Amador V. Corpuz, now a Police Major General heading the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group following leads provided by CCTV footages acquired by CIDG investigators. Add to them cases of deadly terror bombings in Mindanao which were solved after CCTV cameras recorded the faces of perpetrators.
In Metro Manila, police have arrested in follow-up operations many motorcycle-riding robbers and other criminals due to CCTV footages.