Instead, Callamard suggested a joint press conference in which the President may throw questions about the result of her investigations.
President Duterte earlier invited the United Nations representative to visit the Philippines to see the real situation in the country as well as the war against illegal drugs operations. — UNTV News and Rescue
FILE PHOTO: National Headquarters of the Philippine National Police
MANILA, Philippines — For the last time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) sought to clarify anew the issue of the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
To do this, the PNP is completing now a report that would clarify the reasons behind the deaths of more than 10,000 drug suspects in various parts of the country, which critics claim, are state-sponsored killings.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has initially sought to conduct a similar probe, but President Rodrigo Duterte himself prohibited the plan.
“How do we now know ngayon kung ano yung sinasabi nilang EJK? Kasi ang sa atin po ay ano yung krimen na naganap, pag may krimen na naganap sino ang perpetrator? State or non state? Ngayon isa pa, iniimbistigahan ba yan o hindi?” said PNP PIO chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos.
(How do we know now what this EJK is that they are talking about? Because for us, it’s about the crime committed, and if it was committed, who was the perpetrator?State or non-state? Another one is, are these being investigated or not)
According to the PNP, the thousands of deaths cannot be considered as extrajudicial killings or EJK since the cases are still under investigation.
If a cop is proven involved in a killing, the PNP explained that it will fall under the category of murder and not EJK.
For now, authorities have already resolved more than 6,000 cases of deaths, meaning these are already in courts, and the suspects are now facing charges.
Through the said report, the public can know what happened behind the anti-illegal drugs operations of the PNP.
“What we do is analyze what is happening and report, give out strategies give out this report to the public. We see no plot to cover up,” said the police.
Meanwhile, the PNP will turn over death cases involving illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it does not want all its efforts in the war on drugs to be put to waste, especially the actions it enforced to address the proliferation of the selling and use of shabu in the streets.
The PNP claims to have given huge contributions to prevent the spread of illegal drugs in the country.
This is why PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa noted that if more cops get involved in illegal drug trade activities, and the number of crime increases, he will personally ask the president to allow the police to return to the drug war.
“If the situation worsens, like when peddling of shabu returns to the streets, and the transactions for such become more open, and no one is intervening anymore, I will go to the president and ask him to allow us to return to the scene. Let’s not neglect the country, and allow the Philippines to become pitiful,” said Dela Rosa.
However, the PNP chief noted that that the loss of lives will remain inevitable if cops are allowed again to conduct illegal drugs operations.
The police general emphasized this would only happen when the lives of his men are put at risk during such anti-drug raids.
“Don’t ask change from us. Ask that from the drug personalities. If you don’t want the war on drugs to be violent, to be bloody, then tell them to stop selling drugs. Stop fighting back against the police,” said the PNP chief.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, clarified that the PNP is confident of the ability of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to address the illegal drug trade.
This is why the PNP chief said that his men are on standby in case PDEA calls for help.
“If they ask for support, we will give them. If not, then we are hands-off,” said Dela Rosa. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, Senator Leila de Lima said she was dismayed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court on the two petitions she filed.
The senator said that she will continue the fight, further maintaining her innocence in the accusations against her.
De Lima’s camp is set to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Supreme Court’s decision.
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, meanwhile, believes the SC’s decision on De Lima’s case is a form of revenge.
“What is happening is, the law is being forced to agree to the policies of the administration. That’s right. It will further encourage authorities that even without evidence… because imagine a case which is drug trading. How could you be involved in drug trading when they have not recovered any illegal drugs in your possession,” said Alejano.
In a vote of 9-6 yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of De Lima to nullify the arrest against her and to transfer her illegal drug trading charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.
The high tribunal explained that her arrest has a basis and that the anti-graft court has no jurisdiction over cases involving illegal drugs.
Attorney Marwil Nacor Llasos, a law reform specialist from the University of the Philippines College of Law, is worried over the decision of the country’s high tribunal, noting it seems to show a pattern that one can easily predict.
Llasos cited as examples the SC’s decision to allow the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the implementation of martial in the entire Mindanao, and lastly, the arrest and detention of the government’s staunch critic, Senator Leila De Lima.
“The Supreme Court has been so polarized already and I doubt it if it still already based on the hard facts of the law and the facts of the case or there are political realities involved,” said Llasos.
“In terms of the case of De Lima, the government achieved its purpose which is to silence her, to put her behind bars so none will criticize the actions of the administration.
However, for House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of De Lima is appropriate.
“I’ve seen the menace of drug problem and for 6 years, she should have been at the front against it. But she was the one who was supporting it, so why would you let it escape?” said Suarez.
Malacañang, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
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