“In the conduct of police checkpoints, all PNP personnel must promote and protect the citizen’s rights to dignity, privacy, and freedom of movement”- PBGEN Dennis A Siervo, Chief, Human Rights Affairs Office of the Philippine National Police.
Cebu City. As the May 13, 2019 midterm elections draw nearer, the personnel of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) led by Police Colonel Royina M Garma intensified the conduct of COMELEC Checkpoint operations on April 26, 2019 at Brgy. Pit-os Road, Boundary Cabangahan, Cebu City, to implement the ban on firearms and other deadly weapons during the election period and to ensure observance and protection of human rights during the conduct of police checkpoints. The Chief of the PNP Human Rights Affairs office was present to witness the conduct of the checkpoint and to ensure that rights of individuals are respected and protected.
During the checkpoint, more or less forty-five (45) motorcycles and ten (10) private vehicles were flagged down and checked with six (6) traffic violators apprehended for overloading; back rider not wearing helmet; expired driver’s license, expired registration, and minor/infant passengers, among others.
Moreover, one of the most glaring offense committed by motorists was the violation of Republic Act No. 10666 otherwise known as the “Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015” when the CPPO personnel were able to apprehend motorcycle drivers, with small children/infant passengers, plying major public roads.
According to PBGEN Siervo, motorists were asked if they have knowledge as to the existence of the law to which they responded in the negative. In this connection, “Efforts must be intensified to raise awareness of the existence of Republic Act No. 10666 to avoid violations thereof”, PBGEN Siervo enunciated.
“While the PNP and the Land Transportation Office effectively implement transportation laws, rules, and regulations, it is also the shared responsibility of those involved in the public service such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Council for the Welfare of Children, and the UNICEF to cause information dissemination and advocacy drive of the said law to secure the safety of children passengers”, he further explained.