The reminder was stated under Comelec Resolution No. 10468, which provided the guidelines on the establishment and operation of Comelec checkpoints in preparation for next year’s midterm elections.
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Comelec checkpoints limited to visual search
Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) - December 17, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — To avoid violation of human rights, the Commission on Elections has reminded its teams manning Comelec checkpoints that they are only allowed to conduct “visual search” when inspecting motor vehicles.

The reminder was stated under Comelec Resolution No. 10468, which provided the guidelines on the establishment and operation of Comelec checkpoints in preparation for next year’s midterm elections.

“The search, which is normally permissible, is limited to visual search, wherein the officer would simply look into the vehicle and flash a light therein without opening the car’s door,” the resolution promulgated on Dec. 13 said.

The Comelec said that no one should be subjected to  physical or body search when there is no reason to believe that a motorist has just committed or is about to commit a crime.

During the search, motorists are not required to open the compartments or trunks of their vehicles as well as their bags.  

Motorists must slow down and dim the lights of their vehicles when approaching a Comelec checkpoint. They can’t be compelled to step out of the car. 

The resolution also said that signboards indicating the presence of checkpoints must be displayed in the area.

The Comelec team can ask ordinary or routine questions with courtesy.  

The poll body warned its teams against soliciting and accepting voluntary offers of cash or gifts from the motorists.

Each city and municipality must have at least one checkpoint established by the police or military during the election period, or from Jan. 13 to June 12 next year.  

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