Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo (center) and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Lt. Gen. Guillermo T. Eleazar (sixth from left) pose for posterity with the other Justices of the Supreme Court and PNP officers at the conclusion of the courtesy call on the SC by the PNP at the En Banc Session Hall on Friday, July 2, 2021.
With them are Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, Justice Rodil V. Zalameda, Justice Samuel H. Gaerlan, Justice Jhosep Y. Lopez, Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, and SC Spokesperson Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka. Justice Rosmari D. Carandang (inset) joined via videoconferencing in the hybrid courtesy call.
Also joining them are M/Gen. Arnel Escobal of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, B/Gen. Ferdinand Fuentes of the Police Security and Security Group, B/Gen. Albert Ferro of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Col. Thomas Valmonte, and Col. Gregory Bogñalbal.
During the courtesy call, Chief Justice Gesmundo told the PNP officials that the SC will soon release the rules governing the use of body worn cameras to aid law enforcers with the requirements in the application for arrest, search, and seizure warrants. The rules also provide for conditions which judges must require whenever they grant
applications for warrants, and which law enforcers must comply with. He emphasized that the Court, in crafting the rules on the body-worn cameras, took into account the delicate balancing act of ensuring an individual’s constitutional right vis-à-vis arrest, search and seizure. Likewise, the Chief Justice added that the Philippine Judicial Academy, the SC’s judicial education arm, will be tasked to conduct training on the implementation of the subject rules once these are promulgated. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)