- Solicitor General Jose Calida expressed his all out support for Duterte’s war on illegal drugs in a press briefing
- The Office of the Solicitor General will provide legal support for the police officers against illegal drug operations
- SolGen he will provide back-up for the PNP
Solicitor General Jose Calida made a statement after his meeting with the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa at Camp Crame on Monday, July 11.
He said he will provide legal support for the police officers who are facing harassment charges in connection with the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. Calida said that the President has his full support in the battle against drugs and criminality.
“We will not allow anybody to derail this effort of the PNP and its officers to implement the order of our president to stop this trafficking and drug menace in our country,” Calida said.
He supposed his speech is to encourage the PNP to not be afraid of any investigations in the Congress and Senate. His office will defend them, he assured the PNP and its officers.
This is his response to De Lima’s call for a proposal for a Senate resolution to investigate the alleged rampant killings by police officers in their operations to bust illegal drug users and traffickers all over the country.
Since the beginning of the Duterte administration, killings have proliferated. And she said that these victims should be afforded due process as they are initially presumed innocent.
In response, Calida said that is any police operation, there is always a ‘presumption of regularity’. This concept implies that during operation, authorities are following the rules, including the police rule of engagement of shooting suspects only in self-defense.
SolGen Calida said that De Lima has not accomplished anything with regards to extinguishing illegal drugs during her term. In fact, it only proliferated. And she apparently doesn’t know how a mind of a crazed drug addict works.
“The office of the Solicitor General is the defender of the Republic of the Philippines and the people of the Philippines,” Calida said.