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isuzu
02-26-2007, 20:40
From the Philippine Daily Inquirer February 27, 2007:

PNP chief warns of suspicious cops manning checkpoints

Calderon: Report them at nearest police station

By Alcuin Papa
Inquirer
Last updated 07:23am (Mla time) 02/27/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- If you are flagged down by policemen, make sure they are in proper uniform. Otherwise, drive to the nearest police station and report them.

Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Calderon issued the advice to the public Monday after the PNP busted a kidnap-for-ransom gang composed of rogue policemen and civilians preying on foreigners over the weekend.

Calderon said the gang’s modus operandi included flagging down would-be victims, presenting credentials as law enforcers and “arresting” the victims on the pretext there were warrants out for their arrest.

“There are a lot of posers on the loose. Specifically those who say they are conducting checkpoints now that it is election time,” Calderon told reporters on Monday.

The PNP chief said policemen manning checkpoints should be in proper uniform, the checkpoints should have the proper signs from the Commission on Elections and the PNP and these should be in well-lit areas.

If one has any doubts about a checkpoint, Calderon said the public should seek assistance at the nearest police station

9MX
02-26-2007, 21:26
so this means, if ever we don't stop at a checkpoint due to the reasons stated in the article, and those manning it fire at us, we can fire back...right?

jimbullet
02-26-2007, 21:38
Uniforms can easily be bought and those signs can easily be made. It will be very difficult to know which is legit and not. And since there are rogue cops with them, it is easier to victimize civilians. If you flee supposedly enroute to the nearest police station to report it, they can fire at your car.

revo
02-26-2007, 22:05
Wow. This is unacceptable.

saki1611
02-26-2007, 22:06
these instances didn't happen in metro manila, since all police districts here have strategic locations of checkpoints. any illegal checkpoints would easily be monitored because of inspecting units roaming the aor. but in any instances, in case you're about to approach a checkpoint be observant in the area, take note on the prerequisites of a legitimate checkpoint. in any doubt, if you can take a risk run from such checkpoint and through your cellphone call the nearest police station, or any police number that you know.

tip: if you're planning to go out of town, know the location and phone numbers of the local police in your destinations, as well as police stations on your route.

3kings
02-26-2007, 22:41
or better yet stay home and be safe.
use the gun ban time for family affairs. bawi na lang tayo after. para goodshot kay kumander

chowchow
02-26-2007, 23:01
Karamihan na yan sa mga provincial highways at bayans.

Astra22
02-26-2007, 23:13
Originally posted by 3kings
or better yet stay home and be safe.
use the gun ban time for family affairs. bawi na lang tayo after. para goodshot kay kumander

+1

If possible, avoid traversing unfamiliar roads. Ingat na lang sa lahat mga bros.

9MX
03-02-2007, 04:23
Can we make this a sticky?

Checkpoints’ Checklist by Geronimo L. Sy

It is an essential part of our democratic setup to know and assert our rights. Our civil liberties can be breached or ignored if we are ignorant. Knowledge is indeed power in the new information age, but most important in law. We ought to study our Constitution, our legal regime and our espousal of the rule of law notwithstanding a lack of interest or weak implementation.
This article is a checklist for checkpoints and is the first in a "know-your-rights" campaign series that will collate, synthesize and present basic legal principles for easy understanding and application by any citizen. The rules of engagement at a checkpoint encounter become especially relevant in these times when the police and military establishments are overreacting to perceived threats and security issues. Abuses happen and those committed deep in the night against solitary drivers hurrying home to their families are condemnable for they are generally helpless and there is no effective recourse to check violations and go after violators.
In brief:
1. Checkpoints must be well-lighted, properly identified and manned by uniformed personnel. Be alert.
2. Upon approach, dim your headlights. If pulled over, open window three-fourths down. Greet police officer, note nameplate and maintain eye contact.
3. Lock all doors. Talk to police officers only on one side of the vehicle.
4. Ordinary/routine questions may be asked. Be courteous but firm with answers.
5. Only a visual search is legal. A flashlight is allowed or cabin lights may be turned on. You are not obliged to open glove compartment, trunk or bags.
6. Do not step out of your vehicle.
7. Keep your drivers’ license and car registration papers handy and within reach.
8. Avoid argument. Use common sense. Assert your rights but comply if you can.
9. Be ready to use your cell phone at any time. Speed dial emergency numbers.
10. Report violations as soon as possible. Your action may save others.
These ten points are grounded on fundamental legal principles and are anchored on our Bill of Rights and enshrined in our criminal justice system to protect the innocent. In fact, even those who are guilty as hell are entitled to the same level of protection. It cannot be otherwise—the law applies to all or none at all.
A visual search means that a police officer can only look to see if there is suspicious stuff. He cannot intrude inside the vehicle and all covered containers are off-limits. Thus, your handbag may not be searched; he cannot reach inside the car to frisk you. An SM plastic bag is ordinary and is not subject to search too. (It makes good sense to organize things in your car before the journey home.)
Though armed with legal knowledge, it is not a substitute for common sense or the use of reason or logic when confronted by law officers at checkpoints. There is no need to be defensive, or pilosopo either. Police officers are not all bad and are certainly subject to human vicissitudes. Of course it helps a lot if you are a law-abiding citizen.
For example, you may have the right to remain inside your vehicle as it is akin to your residence. However, what are you to do if the military man with long firearms barks at you to step out? You have no choice but to obey for the consequences of noncompliance may be worse. Justice Isagani Cruz was right on the evils of checkpoints. What you can do is to make sure your cell phone has enough battery or credits left and for someone to know where you are.
Finally, get in touch with lawyers groups to report violations. An example is the Libertas-Lawyer’s League for Liberty where yours truly is a member. Only by systematic feedback can we hope to gather evidence and fight the good fight. If you or your organization wishes to take up this cause and do a joint project to preserve our basic rights and enhance our civil liberties, or if you simply have a story or experience to share, please drop a line. Vigilance is ours and it is the eternal price for our democracy.
Special thanks to Atty. Gudio of the Department of Justice for his inputs on the checklist and watch out for A Primer on Missing Persons in future articles.
Geronimo.sy@gmail.com.