PNP chief Sinas says he wouldn’t advise public to take videos of crime incidents

PNP chief Sinas says he wouldn’t advise public to take videos of crime incidents

- The chief of the Philippine National Police held a press conference on Monday, December 21

- One of the topics discussed during the said event was the murder of two unarmed civilians in Tarlac

- The police official was also asked about his opinion on taking photos and video during crime incidents

- According to the General, he would not advise the public to take videos because it is “very tricky”

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General Debold Sinas, the current chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has discouraged the public from taking photos and videos of actual crime incidents.

KAMI learned that the police official aired his opinion during a press conference where he was asked about the brutal death of a mother and her son in Tarlac.

He initially recognized the fact that it is the public’s decision if they will film crime incidents or just become personal witnesses.

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PNP chief Sinas says he wouldn’t advise public to take videos of crime incidents
PNP chief Debold Sinas (Photo uploaded by Paul Sugano on Flickr)
Source: UGC

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However, the General expressed that taking photos and videos of actual crimes can only put the lives of witnesses at stake.

According to him, if a criminal sees someone filming what he is doing, he might go after the witness and do something wrong.

"I think nasa mga tao po yun, sa mga witness na kumuha. I will not advise because very tricky yun,” he quipped.

“Baka mamaya kumuha ka ng video tapos baka mababalingan ka, so sa inyo po yun," he added.

As he continued with his statement, PNP chief Sinas suggested that the public should refrain from interfering if there is a crime going on.

He also said that people should not post on social media any video or photo of crime. Instead, the evidence must be presented to the authorities.

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"If I may suggest, kung may mga ganoong incident, we just witness at saka wag na tayo mag-interfere lalo na pag armed or dangerous yung suspect or yung mga involved," he uttered.

"Instead of having it posted sa internet, baka makuwan pa, matamper pa. Show it officially to the investigators at magtestify ka na ikaw ang kumuha," he added.

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General Debold Sinas is the current chief of the Philippine National Police. He was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte despite all the controversies he has faced.

A few months ago, he insisted that there was nothing wrong with his controversial birthday celebration amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. He said this claim after he apologized to the public.

Meanwhile, President Duterte admitted that the “mañanita” of the said police official was wrong. He also stated that it is the investigation that will determine if the General will be suspended or not.

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