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Councilor to file case vs CCTV law violators

A LAWMAKER hinted that the city government will go against violators of the amended CCTV Ordinance. 

Councilor Luna Acosta, the committee on peace and public safety chairman and proponent of the amended CCTV Ordinance, said erring establishments can expect to face the penalties enumerated in the law.

“We’re actually looking to file a case against violators of this ordinance, we are just preparing everything pa lang ngayon para makita ng mga Dabawenyos, especially covered by this ordinance, how serious we are on implementing it,” Acosta said during the iSpeak media conference on Thursday, May 9.

The councilor said they are considering establishments that might not have updated their CCTV systems after the passage of the law. However, they are advised to hasten the process to avoid paying the fine.

“We are asking them to please do so, para hindi kayo masali sa ma-sampolan ng city government,” she added.

Acosta said the city government will also update the CCTV system but it might take time due to procurement concerns. 

Under the ordinance, a priority legislation of Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, owners of establishments are required to install CCTV cameras with specifications as they renew business permits. Non-compliance would mean a P5,000 fine, and closure of the establishment.

Section 10 of the CCTV Ordinance, also states the owner of the establishment or person in charge, shall make the recording readily available to law enforcement agencies for viewing upon request.

Acosta did not confirm the total number of establishments to be filed charges against but disclosed there is one.

Captain Hazel Tuazon, Davao City Police Office spokesperson revealed that the Bajada Police Station would submit an official report of the investigation to the city government that the Camella Northpoint Condominium where a couple was found dead on April 20 had no working CCTV.

To recall, victims Jennifer Chavez and Jeffrey Predas were found in separate areas of the condo building with stab wounds.

Police confirmed on April 24, that the absence of CCTVs made it difficult to identify the killers behind the twin murder.



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