The newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ( Cerilo Ebrano / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — A special report by Reuters was released on Monday about a police operation in Tondo, Manila on October 11.
The operation was done a day after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to take the lead and be the sole agency in the anti-drug war of the government.
In the report entitled “Operation Kill”, CCTV footages show the operation of some alleged policemen driving away people along the alleys and in front of an eatery.
The footage also shows an alleged cop pointing a gun at a man who, after a while, collapses in front of the cop.
A cop is also seen blocking the security camera.
Meanwhile, in the last video, it shows that policemen are carrying the bodies of the three people killed in the said operation.
Malacañang cannot be certain if report as such hinders President Duterte from formally ordering the return of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the government’s anti-drug war.
“Until the President has not done it formally, the matter remains pending, and I appeal, let’s let the President decide in due time. I do not know if it will or will not have an impact but the president has not actually issue anything in writing. Let’s respect the status quo,” said Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque.
Meanwhile, he once again asserted that the government does not tolerate abusive and violent policemen.
First among the steps authorities are taking regarding this is the authentication of the CCTV footages.
“I assure you that the authorities are now looking into this matter. We’re in the process also of authenticating the video. I assure you that the president will not tolerate any abuses that may be committed made by some personnel of the PNP,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue