What is visual search?

Visual search is the inspection conducted at checkpoints such as focusing the flashlight inside the vehicle, and its passengers. No physical search on the body of the passengers is conducted.

If you are at the checkpoint:

The Supreme Court has stated that "in the event that people's rights are violated while at the checkpoint, they must be protected by law.

The military or authority must not go beyond the law. And the courts must make sure that the law is above all. In the event that the military/police and their officers at the checkpoint abuse their power, they must be held accountable. This mentality must be understood by the military/police and should be inculcated by the leadership of the AFP, PNP, and other law enforcement agencies.

According to the Supreme Court, conducting a checkpoint is usually not prohibited for as long as the interior of the vehicle is not searched or its passenger is not bodily searched and inspection is limited to visual or visual search.

What are the authorities forbidden to do at the checkpoint?

If there is not sufficient reason to conduct a thorough search, the authorities will:
1. Not force the vehicle passengers to get off and exit the vehicle;
2. Not physically search the body of the passengers; and
3. Not force the driver/passengers to open the vehicle.

In compliance with community quarantine enforcement, the Commission on Human Rights advises bringing the following to prevent stoppage at the checkpoint outside your home:
1. Identification Card proving that you are among the "essential workers" and front liners;
2. Authorization letter from the company you work for; and/or
3. Quarantine Pass.

Source: Commission on Human Rights

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