MANILA, Philippines - Do you know that from now on, you could be charged with wiretapping if you video an MMDA officer? Yes, you read that right.
Video Taping An MMDA Officer? You Can Now Be Charged With Wiretapping
Sep 28, 2015 at 5:59 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino announced that capturing an erring MMDA officer could lead you to being charged with wiretapping. Well, we are also not sure why "wiretapping" would be the case. As far as we know, wiretapping is the practice of listening to a private conversation to secretly monitor it. Is apprehending or issuing a ticket a private conversation?
Another thing is that MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, himself, even announced (with quotes) that he encourages the public to use video cameras to record and document illegal or unlawful activities of his employees.
"I am encouraging motorists and the general public as well to use video cameras to record and document perceived illegal or unlawful activities by our employees or by anybody to help attain a disciplined society, and also for evidentiary purposes." (Inquirer)
"In addition, the video recording should not be intrusive and used only as evidence against the party involved. The motorist can also ask for a copy of the footage, according to the MMDA." (Inquirer)
"Sa ganung entrapment ay may violation din po ang nag-entrap. Mayroon tayong Anti-Wiretapping Law. May provision sa batas na ang nag-o-offer ng batas ay liable din po iyan. Puwedeng maghabol ang na-entrap na enforcers," Tolentino said in an interview over radio dzBB." (GMA Network News)
But with what he is telling now, it seems that his statement contradicts with what he had told before.
Too bad, we commend them just recently for doing a job well done for dismissing employees doing illegal acts but now...
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