Editorial: CCTV footage-A A +A
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
IT started off as a “he said, she said” case, with actor and host Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro saying his piece about his mauling inside a condo unit in Taguig City and Deniece Cornejo, the woman at the center of the incident, claiming Navarro attempted to rape her, thus he was mauled.
Cornejo’s version and that of businessman Cedric Lee, who allegedly led the group that mauled Navarro, were vastly different from that of the victim. That added fuel to the speculations that were thrown around after Navarro’s badly bruised face was shown on national television.
Indeed, the incident involving Navarro case has become the most talked about case since that of Janet Lim Napoles broke out last year. This, despite efforts by some sectors to downplay it in favor of other supposedly important concerns of the nation.
But this is high drama, one that has drawn the attention of even high officials of the land and has prompted swift action from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
With NBI elements able to acquire closed circuit television (CCTV) footage from the building where the crime was perpetrated, the case is moving away from the “he said, she said” level. Further probing may allow investigators to accumulate enough information to pin down the truth.
So here we go again, getting another proof on the importance of installing CCTV cameras in establishments and other strategic areas. For law enforcers, investigating acts of criminality becomes worthwhile with the information provided by CCTV footages.
In May last year, then Cebu City Police Coordinating and Advisory Council PCAC) presiding officer Eugene Elizalde announced that Cebu City already has a working CCTV system, with cameras already installed in 91 sites. This even if the city council had pruned the proposed P60 million budget for the project to only P15 million.
We do not however know what happened after that, whether the CCTV system is still operational or it has conked out. We also do not know whether there are plans to expand the scope of the system.
Related to this was the push to require business establishments, especially banks, pawnshops and money-changing firms, to install CCTV cameras in their premises. Talks about it heated up after a robbery incident but have since then cooled down.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 30, 2014.