House-to-House drug and crime inspections being done in BF Homes Paranaque
In a general meeting among almost all BF Paranaque homeowners associations together with the BFFHAI board of directors and the Paranaque and Las Pinas PNP held last August 6 at the BFFHAI clubhouse, it was discussed and agreed that a modified Operation Tukhang is presently being done in all BF Homes households.
In a circular passed around the village last week, the “modified Operation Tukhang” was explained.
“Under the Modified Tukhang operation, the PNP, accompanied by Barangay officials and/or officers of the homeowners association, will be conducting a house to house visit of all residents in BF Homes including those in the Paranaque, Las Pinas and Muntinlupa boundaries,” said the circular.
It further explained that an inspection of the houses does not mean that the household is suspected of having illegal drugs and/or guilty of committing a crime but that it is just the way the PNP wants to establish a good working relationship amongst everyone in the community.
“To avoid misunderstanding and for the safety and security of residents, the PNP officers carrying out the visit will be in full uniform and in marked PNP vehicles,” added the announcement.
The law however states that they have no right to enter your houses unless they are invited in or have a search warrant. Otherwise they can only enter until the gate.
It is also very important to accompany the police when they are searching your house. This is to eliminate suspicion of planting materials for your own protection and our friends from the PNP.
We are hoping that no untoward incidents arise from this.
This is called “casing the joint”
They’ll be sorry.
CHAPTER IV – THE SEARCH AND SEIZURE PROVISION
Well i guess this isn’t important anymore?
Section 2. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures of whatever nature and for any purpose shall be inviolable, and no search warrant or warrant of arrest shall issue except upon probable cause to be determined personally by the judge after examination under oath or affirmation of the complainant and the witnesses he may produce, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.
Great post. Unfortunately, most constitutional rights are not actually respected anymore. Just read the papers Persons who are accused are summarily executed and accused of being a pusher drug dealer.
Glad to see SOME media pointing out the dangers of this policy. Ayala Alabang is targeting renters specifically, and leaving home owners out of it. I guess the home owning drug pushers are in the clear, while law abiding renters get to have their privacy violated.
I guess this is what pre-martial law feels like
Remind all homeowners –
If there is no search warrant, they can legally say no to the inspection.
And i guess the question on everyone’s minds will be “if they don’t consent to the search, AS IS THEIR RIGHT, will they be in danger of being tagged as a suspect and maybe shot by a riding in tandem tricycle driver? (BF kasi e.)
” They have no right to enter your homes. If they had evidence against you, they should have presented a warrant. Without one, there is no reason for them to enter your house. If you are pressured into letting them in, they can claim that the situation has become a consented warrantless search. As for “you have nothing to hide…”- the question is: once inside your homes, what will stop them from planting evidence? Or taking things that don’t belong to them? Or doing violence to you inside your own home, and claiming you were resisting arrest or doing something unlawful? What will stop them from claiming protection under the presumption of regularity of the performance of government functions? And even if nothing “bad” happens during your visit, will you ever be truly secure in your homes ever again? What if they return a week later, and ask to be invited in again?”
I would suggest checking first the officers of the BFRVAI or BOD before going house to house unless they had suspicions and a search warrant under the law or been invited to go inside in a friendly mode hopefully they behave while doing their task. it is also better for the law enforcer to leave their things outside due to reasons beyond control baka mag plant sila ng bagay sa loob ng bahay mo.
William Pitt in Parliament in 1763: “The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the crown. It may be frail—its roof may shake—the wind may blow through it—the storm may enter, the rain may enter—but the King of England cannot enter—all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.”