The Philippine National Police (PNP) bought nine pieces of evidence vaults in a bid to prevent tampering of evidence and other allegations that include recycling of drugs coming from the evidence storage of the police.


The vaults were turned over to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) which is one of the areas where illegal drugs operations are aggressive.

Gen. Debold Sinas, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the vaults will be used to preserve, secure and store physical evidence especially illegal drugs and firearms gathered during police operations and criminal investigation.

Each door of the Evidence Vault has three padlock hasps, with imported dial combination lock, six adjustable shelves with stiffener for extra support and storage handle. It has an overall dimension of 72 inches in height, 72 inches width and 24 inches in depth.

NCRPO director Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao, Jr. said the evidence vaults are important not only to prevent tampering of evidence but also in preserving evidence in various police-initiated court procedures in Metro Manila.

“It is a fact that for a case to prosecute and suspects be convicted, every piece of evidence needs to be properly collected and preserved so that it may one day be acceptable in court,” said Danao.

“This is really important in illegal drugs cases so that there will be no reason for confiscated drugs to be stolen and recycled and even confiscated firearms and other paraphernalia,” he added.

Danao said that in past cases, cases against drug suspects and other criminals were dismissed due to tampered evidence.

Currently, the stations of Northern Police District and Quezon City Police District are equipped with similar vaults.

Source: Manila Bulletin (