- During the August 22 Senate inquiry, PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa said that crime syndicates are behind the spate of summary killings in the country
- Bato also cited statistics to show the effectiveness of President Duterte’s war – over 600,000 surrenders; 10,000 arrests; and 700 kills
- In an earlier statement, Dela Rosa promised to show solid evidence on the involvement of crime syndicates in the vigilante killings
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” De la Rosa said on Monday that the crime syndicates are responsible for the summary killings in the country and not the police force.
“I have previously mentioned that these killings are perpetrated by various syndicate groups involved in illegal drugs,” Dela Rosa said during his opening statement at the Senate inquiry on the spate of summary killings.
In an earlier statement, Dela Rosa said that the PNP has collected evidence that crime organizations are behind the extrajudicial killings and that they are using President Rodrigo Duterte’s aggressive anti-drug campaign as a cover-up for their murders.
“Magugulat na lang kayo kapag may inilabas kami na data at facts kung sino-sino nagpapatayan. Mayroon tayong scientific evidence leading to that conclusion,” PNP Chief Bato said.
(You will be surprised once we release the data and facts about the killings. We have scientific evidence leading to that conclusion.)
During the Senate inquiry, Bato added that the PNP is against any form of vigilante justice. He pointed out that policemen who would be caught violating human rights will face the consequences of their actions.
“The PNP’s stand against extrajudicial killings is uncompromising. If any cop is found violating the law on self-defense he will be investigated, prosecuted and accordingly punished,” the PNP Chief explained.
Dela Rosa also cited some statistics to show the effectiveness of Duterte’s anti-drug war – 600,000 drug pushers and users have already surrendered; 10,153 drug pushers and users have been arrested; and 718 drug criminals have been killed during legitimate police operations.
However, the PNP Chief revealed during the August 18 Senate inquiry that the PNP is also probing 899 killings committed outside police operations, with only 22 of those cases formally filed National Capital Region Police Office. – Kami Media