MANILA, Philippines — “Whatever the government does or fails to do, it is the responsibility of the president. If the president says, ‘kill them all,’ and then says ‘I didn’t order it’, you are still liable because you are the president,” said Magdalo party list Rep. Gary Alejano.
Alejano accused President Rodrigo Duterte of being involved in the deadly drug raid in Ozamis, Misamis Occidental that resulted in the death of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, his wife Susan and 13 others.
When asked why he believes so, Congressman Alejano said, “The president is being pressured that only small time drug suspects are being killed that’s why they chose him [Parojinog] as one of the big time [drug lords].”
For its part, Malacañang stood in defense of the president saying he had nothing to do with the operation against the Parojinogs.
Also, the Palace sees no need for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to write the president if they plan to investigate or summon the police who they believe are involved in the operation.
“I don’t think that will be necessary. The president has already made the statement in his capacity as commander-in-chief, alright but as I said, he is also a lawyer, he knows that these agencies have their own mandates, have their own procedures so they are free to do what they want to do,” said Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra.
Meanwhile, the CHR is now conducting a motu-propio investigation on the incident.
“We are looking at the several matters whether or not the search warrant was really valid and if there was a really reasonable basis to implement the search warrant at night and three is there is a reasonable precaution were undertaken if,” said CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline de Guia
The commission assured the public that they will conduct an honest and fair investigation over the case. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue