Press Release
September 9, 2020

Dispatch from Crame No. 908:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima on PNP's SocMed monitoring


Before PNP monitors social media for possible quarantine violators, why don't they address first the mañanita that took place within their own ranks? Isama na rin nila ang marami-rami ring reported cases where the police themselves were found to have violated safety protocols. How can they be trusted to effectively enforce laws when they have no credibility?

It becomes even more problematic because the police are making arrests based on their poor and biased assessment of the situation - not to mention the obvious disregard of human rights - including some clear issues of privacy.

Even as the PNP assures that no breach of privacy would be committed, monitoring posts by netizens is a slippery slope towards illegal surveillance instead of ensuring peace and order.

Imbes na magbabad sa Facebook at Twitter, ang dami pang ibang puwedeng gawin ng ating kapulisan para ipatupad ang batas sa paraan na patas at makatao. Subukan naman nilang simulan ito sa kanilang mga sarili.

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