15 CCTV cameras in public places ordered removed

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Monday, March 24, 2014


CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama ordered the removal of unidentified CCTV cameras installed in public places if their owners don’t come forward.

“It is placed wrongly. Remove it immediately,” Rama said.

City Councilor Dave Tumulak showed the mayor photos of the CCTV cameras, which they believe are being used to monitor the activities of police and other law enforcement agencies.

The City has found 15 cameras that have been installed in different barangays.

IT experts’ help sought

Tumulak said they’ve already tapped the help of private IT experts to locate the IP address of the CCTV cameras so they can identify their owners and determine their purpose.

He said people behind the installation of the CCTV cameras will violate the City’s nuisance ordinance if they don’t explain why they installed them.

Earlier, City found two CCTV cameras on M.J Cuenco Ave. and Gen. Maxilom Ave. When reports regarding the discovery came out, the owners, who remain unidentified, removed the CCTV cameras without informing the City.

Rama also ordered the removal of structures along Katipunan and Salvador Streets in Barangay Labangon.

Yesterday, Prevention Restoration Order Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) Chief

Raquel Arce and Labangon Barangay Captain Victor Buendia engaged in a heated argument.

Buendia barred the clearing operation conducted by Probe to remove street lights and the center island along Katipunan and Salvador Streets.

Human barricade

Some barangay workers and residents even formed a barricade to stop the clearing team.

Buendia said Probe’s move was illegal since they did not have a court order for the operation. He also said the matter is pending in court.

But Arce insisted she only needs the mayor’s order to implement the clearing.

Buendia threatened to file cases against Probe.

Rama, for his part, welcomed Buendia’s plan to sue the clearing team and the City.
The mayor said Probe was just doing its job.

“Nganong mahadlok man ko kung mo-file siya og kaso (Why would I be afraid if they sue)? I am standing on what it is right and I am exercising in line with police power,” Rama told reporters.

The City has insisted that the structures are traffic hazards and should not be placed at the center of the road to prevent accidents.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 25, 2014.

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