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COMELEC CHECKPOINTS LIMITED TO VISUAL SEARCH ON MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION



The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has reminded its teams manning the poll body's checkpoints that they are only allowed to conduct “visual search” when inspecting motor vehicles.

According to the poll body, no one must 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 visual search, motorists are not required to open the compartments or trunks of their vehicles and bags.

Moreover, motorists must also slow down and dim the lights of their vehicles when approaching a Comelec checkpoint, and they cannot be compelled to step out of the car.