Senate to investigate ‘Bato’ for extrajudicial killings

Senate to investigate ‘Bato’ for extrajudicial killings

- Chief General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is in charge of implementing President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promise of eradicating drug related crime in 3-6 months

- With extrajudicial killings becoming rampant in the country, the Senate summoned Dela Rosa to a hearing to investigate the extrajudicial killings

- However, Duterte said he never ordered the vigilante killings and therefore has called for a probe on the issue

The Senate Committee on justice and human rights on August 22-23 is calling Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to a hearing due to the alleged extrajudicial killings in President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.

Senate to investigate ‘Bato’ for extrajudicial killings

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However, Dela Rosa is ready to meet the Senate.

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Committee chair Leila de Lima also invited PNP officials and Commission on Human Rights officials to serve as witnesses to the hearing, given that Duterte’s war on drugs which Dela Rosa has played a crucial role has claimed the lives of more than 700 lives.

We have to determine the facts. We have to know the truth. We have to find out exactly why this is happening, find out how many have been killed in the course of this intensified drive against drugs,’ Senator De Lima said.

The goal of the investigation is to legislate policies that would institutionalize respect for human rights, especially with the standard operational procedures of the police.

Since President Duterte took office, more than 700 people have died, with 242 of the deaths caused by vigilante killings.

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Others are critical of the probe. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano lamented the timing of the hearing.

‘There are so many things that the police need, the judges and prosecution services need toward a successful antidrug campaign. Why should we do the investigating first?’ the Senator said.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, however, has defended the war on drugs, saying that drug related crimes and corruption is a top priority of the Duterte administration.

Furthermore, the spokesperson said that they did not order any extrajudicial killings and is greatly concerned about vigilante justice.

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According to Abella, Duterte ordered the PNP and National Police Commission to investigate allegations on the executions of drug suspects.

President Duterte anti-drug campaign seeks to eliminate the country’s drug campaign. According to the Dangerous Drugs Board, illegal drug trade has affected about 99% of barangays in Metro Manila and 27% of the nation’s 42,00 barangays. The board further added that about 1.3 million Filipinos are involved in illegal drug activities.  - Kami Media

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