The President placed the entire country under a “State of Lawlessness” following the bombing incident in Davao City last weekend. Under this Presidential declaration, police and military presence are heightened through checkpoints in strategic locations, particularly in city streets and major thoroughfares.
Here are reminders on how drivers must properly respond when asked to stop at a checkpoint. These are motorists’ rights as published by the Philippine National Police. These are meant to protect drivers from unscrupulous individuals who might take advantage of the government’s measures to keep our streets safe.
Police Checkpoint Guidelines
- Checkpoints must be well-lighted, properly identified and manned by uniformed personnel.
- Upon approach, slow down, dim headlights, and turn on cabin lights.
- Never step out of the vehicle.
- Lock all doors of vehicles during inspection since only visual search is allowed.
- Never submit to physical and body search.
- Motorists are not required to open their glove compartment, trunk, or bags.
- Be courteous but firm in answering, assert your rights, have presence of mind and do not panic.
- Keep your driver’s license and car registration handy.
- Be ready to use your mobile phones at any time; speed dial emergency numbers.
- Report violations immediately.
Share this with your family especially if you have kids who drive their own vehicles. Always make sure your mobile phone has enough battery and credits so you can call emergency numbers and ask for police assistance.