City officials eye body cameras for Davao traffic enforcers

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Davao City (CNN Philippines, June 20) — Traffic enforcers in this sprawling southern city will soon wear body cameras to work in a bid to curb extortion, its vice mayor said Tuesday.

Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said he will file a resolution that will allow the city government to purchase body cameras, which will be installed in the traffic enforcers' uniforms.

Wearing a body camera while on duty will serve as a deterrent to traffic enforcers from extorting money or receiving bribes, Duterte said.

It will put an end to under-the-table transactions, which Duterte said was rampant in the city.

"I have informants but I cannot divulge them because they are businessmen too. But they confirmed that they are really giving money to somebody from the inside," the vice mayor said.

With body cameras, "it can be recorded if [enforcers] really are receiving money," he added. There are 334 traffic enforcers in this city.

This is the latest move in a city widely known through the Philippines for its discipline and low crime rates.

He said a similar proposal was made when his father, President Rodrigo Duterte was still mayor, but no resolution was formally filed.

The city government of Manila is also planning to require traffic enforcers of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau to wear body cameras while on duty.